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Posted on Thursday, June 21, 2018 by Admin

2018 Winter Shorebird Survey

2018 is the 10th anniversary of the Florida Winter Shorebird Survey (a.k.a. The First Friday in February Survey)!  We are enthused to again invite you to participate in the mid-winter survey that serves as a statewide snapshot of shorebirds and seabirds across the state. 

The primary objective of the Winter Shorebird Survey is to better understand the winter distribution of shorebirds and seabirds in Florida. This annual survey will allow us to recognize long-term trends or changes in winter population sizes and distribution. It will also help us identify key wintering sites- information that is much needed to guide future conservation efforts, particularly for our state or federally listed focal species.

If you plan to participate in this year’s survey please review the 2018 Protocol, review the list of routes and sign up for an existing route or add a new route on the Route Survey List.  After the survey is complete, please submit your data by March 1st into the Google Form. If you have questions about a route or the survey, please contact the Regional Coordinator in the protocol.

For the 2018 survey we made some changes intended to make it easier to sign up, survey, and submit data.  Some of the highlighted changes are:

  • Survey dates, February 2nd – 8th;

  • You can now sign up for or add a survey route without contacting a coordinator;

  • There is now an option to survey only focal species;

  • Black Skimmers were added to the focal species list;

  • GPS locations for flocks >50 non-focal species are now optional, rather than required.

We look forward to participating alongside you in this fun winter survey.  Thank you for contributing your vital data.  Please contact your coordinator if you have questions.

Happy Counting!

FSA Winter Survey Crew 



FWC Audubon UFWS