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The Smithville Lake Grassland/Savannah Project (Clay County,  
Missouri) is an ongoing effort to restore much of the land  
surrounding the lake to native prairie and savannah habitat. To date,  
133 acres have been planted, and an additional 95 acres are planned  
for restoration during the next year. This project is being managed  
by the Clay County Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites.

In order to monitor the effects of restoring this native habitat,  
Clay County Parks wildlife manager Brock Winkelbauer is organizing a  
bird-census program in the three areas under development: Camp  
Branch, Crow’s Creek, and Little Platte parks.

The census will be conducted point-count style (similar to a Breeding  
Bird Survey). In 2007, volunteers will be asked to conduct the count  
on two dates in June. Each count will likely run from 1/2-hour before  
sunrise until 10 a.m., or however long it takes to cover the points  
(approximately 5) in each territory. In future years, there may be  
more count days added in order to obtain a better picture of spring  
migrants and post-breeding wanderers. A similar survey conducted  
during winter months is also being discussed.

Four to eight volunteers will be needed this year. An organizational  
meeting will be held in mid-to-late May. If you are interested in  
helping, please contact Brock Winkelbauer before May 18:  
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Kristi Mayo
Kearney MO (Clay Co.)
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