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Northern CA PPSR Projects 1

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Fallow Field Shorebird Survey

Organization Name
Point Blue
Organization Website
Audubon California; the Nature Conservancy; DFG Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area
Contact Name
Khara Strum; Monica Igelica
Contact Email;
Contact Phone
Other Contact Information
Project Purpose (taken from project materials)

Track and coordinate information about shorebird usage of flooded, fallow rice fields in Central California.

Participant Activities

Participants survey shallowly flooded fallow rice fields. Each survey consisits of a series of counts for shorebirds and other waterbirds in a fixed area. Survey areas extend 200 meters into the rice field and are bounded on each side by internal field levees. A stake with the survey location marks where surveys should be conducted. It is recommended that participants work in pairs where one person counts birds (Primary observer) and a second person records data (Other observer). 

Each site, Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area (Yolo) and Cosumnes River Preserve (CRP), will be surveyed twice a week.

Data Entry
  • Website
Other Participant Activities
System Studied
  • Birds
  • Wetlands - Freshwater Streams and Marshes
Geographic Scope
Northern California
Yolo Wildlife Area, Cosumnes River Preserve, and other fallow fields in the central valley
Location - Map
45211 County Road 32B, Davis, California
Time Commitment
  • Other (see Other Information below)
Volunteer Qualifications

What you need to take into the field:

  • Site Map
  • Datasheets
  • Pencils
  • Binoculars
  • Scope and tripod
  • Thermometer
  • Watch
  • Sunscreen
  • Sun protection
  • Water
  • Field guide
  • Permit Placards
Volunteer Training

Volunteer training session is held in the fall

Cost to Participant
How will the findings be used?
Other Information

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