The end of the month is drawing near, which means it is time to make sure your observations for April have all been posted. I hope that you have all had a wonderful month of observations and are feeling comfortable about the nests you are monitoring.
From this point forward the future of the nests (active or not) should have been identified. Those nests that are empty or not showing any activity can be checked on every few weeks. Those nests that have active pairs should be observed at least every other week. As we head into late June you will want to increase observations of active nests to a weekly basis.
Data compilation: During the first week of each month I review and compile the data for the previous month. This means next week I will be reviewing your observations for April – so please have all your April observations entered by the end of the month. I will then post the breeding status of each nest for everyone to review.
Milestones: Please be sure to submit milestone dates as mentioned in the training sessions, and as outlined in a previous post. In summary, we are looking for the first date that you observed the following behaviors (if observed): Arrival at nest by AM, arrival at nest by AF, copulation, beginning of incubation, 1st sighting of chicks, 1st sighting of fledglings, departure of AM, AF and fledglings. At the end of the season I will compile these dates for each nest and share them with our counterparts in the other New England states.
Corrections/ Updates: thank you very much for taking the time to provide me with updated information on the nest sites, locations, directions, etc… Keep ’em coming!
Thank you again, and I look forward to seeing you on the trail!
Upper Narrow River. Ross Gardner 4/27