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January 27, 2010

Snowy Plover count update.

Filed under: Uncategorized — rnwinje @ 11:29 am

June 22, 2007 Sue Thomas wrote, in part:
Hi All,
First, thank you very much for all of your help with the Snowy Plover
Survey at Surprise Valley and Honey Lake. Just wanted to pass on our
preliminary results. We counted 213 adults in Surprise Valley and 100
adults at Honey Lake over the span of two weeks. As you can see, we drove
our ATV into the ground…
Since we sampled both areas, the data we collected will be used to
extrapolate a total for each site. Regardless, these numbers are fairly
consistent with data collected in 1978 by Henderson and Page. At Honey
Lake they counted a total of 150 known adults (up to 208 if you include
unknown aged birds likely to be adults) and 340 adults at Surprise Valley.
They note that their counts were conducted in early to mid-July and likely
include early migrants or failed breeders from elsewhere.
Again, Thank You all for your help with this project! We plan to provide
the final results by mid winter along with a GIS-based database for those
interested in a spatial representation of the data. ……
Sue Thomas
Regional Shorebird Biologist
USFWS – Migratory Birds and Habitat Programs

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