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2022 Winter Survey

2022 Winter Shorebird Survey

2022 is the 14th annual Florida Winter Shorebird Survey (a.k.a. The First Friday in February Survey)!  We are enthused to 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 state or federally listed focal species.

If you plan to participate in this year’s survey, please review the 2022 Protocol, review the list of routes and sign up for an existing route or add a new route on the Route Survey List. Adding your name to the 2022 column for your route means you're officially signed up!

After the survey is complete, please submit your data by March 1st into the Google Sheet. If you have questions about a route or the survey, please contact the Regional Coordinator in the protocol.

Based on prior success, we’re continuing to support the following:   

  • Survey dates, February 4th – 10th (first Friday in February)
  • You can sign up for or add a survey route without contacting a coordinator
  • The option to survey only focal species
  • GPS locations for flocks >50 non-focal species are optional (and encouraged), rather than required
  • Report all GPS locations in Decimal Degrees.

As partners in shorebird conservation, we sincerely appreciate your dedication to the birds and your health and safety are top priority. If you participate in the Winter Shorebird Survey, check with the Florida Department of Health for the latest public health advisory and guidance.  

If you have questions or concerns, please email shorebird@myfwc.com. We look forward to participating alongside you in this fun winter survey.  Thank you for contributing your vital data. 

Happy Counting!

FSA Winter Shorebird Survey Coordination Crew