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While "googling" for "North American Migration Count" I found the following which may be of interest, viz.: http://community.gorge.net/birding/namcstasz.htm


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NORTH AMERICAN MIGRATION COUNT

NAMC COORDINATOR 
Jim Stasz 
P.O. Box 71, North Beach MD 20714. 
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Have you ever wondered "What is the Shape of migration?". It 
all depends on your viewpoint. Waterfowlers have benefitted from the extensive 
studies of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in their role for managing the 
Nation's game species resource. Hawk watchers may think of it as "Rivers" and 
space themselves on ridges and prominent peninsulas like the Marin Highlands, 
Whitefish Point, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and Cape May, to count the flow. 
Shorebirders look at it as "Island Hopping" and go to the "islands" of Bodega 
Bay, Mono Lake, Bear River, Galveston, Cheyenne Bottoms, Higbee's Beach, and Pea 
Island. All of these have led to efforts to preserve and protect critical 
habitat for migration: we now have the National Wildlife Refuge System, Hawk 
Mountain, and the Delaware Bay Beaches. But what of Songbirds? 
By what paths do neotropical migrants move from Central and South America to 
their breeding grounds? Do American Redstarts line up in military style and move 
north in a solid front, leaving occupying forces along the way? Perhaps Wood 
Thrushes are like blood flowing through major arteries before anastomosing into 
capillaries. Think of Kingbirds lining up like the runners in the New York 
Marathon and visualize the spread after the starter's pistol. Maybe Purple 
Martins move like ducks, geese and swans, with colonies making a series of short 
hops along a predictable route. It may seem wild, but do Bobolinks move like 
shorebirds, with a series of widely spaced discrete essential stops? 
Most of you have participated on the Christmas Bird Counts sponsored by the 
National Audubon Society. The rules are simple: spend a day in the field 
counting birds in a specified area, and keep track of hours & miles on foot, 
car, boat, feeder watching. The North American Migration Count 
is like the Christmas Bird Count, but with a few twists. The Area for any 
one count is not a 15 mile diameter circle, but an entire County [Parish 
in Louisiana]. The big twist is the timing: unlike Christmas Bird Counts, which 
are spread over several weeks, this count is done on just a single day. 
The choice of the second Saturday in May has been made to try to find the 
peaks of movement of neotropical species while they are still where most of the 
birders are. It will not be peak everywhere: the Northern States will be getting 
the first glimmer of Spring and the Deep South will be in early breeding season, 
but the overall goal is of importance to everyone. 
Purpose: paraphrased from Chandler S. Robbins, Maryland May Count 
Coordinator 1952 
To give each and every Birdwatcher the opportunity to enjoy a day's 
birding during Spring Migration with the knowledge that the result of their 
findings, together with the birds counted by others, would fit together like the 
pieces of a puzzle and reveal the status of bird migration on a specified 
date. 
The goals of the North American Migration Count are: 
o To obtain a "snapshot" of the progress of Spring Migration. 
o To obtain information on the abundance and distribution of each species. 
o Initiate more participation among Birders within a state and between 
states. 
o Create challenges and goals among Birders while collecting useful 
information. 
o Aid in organization and centralization of data. 
o Have fun. 
o Establish the second Saturday in May as a "National Birding Day". 

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*Note the date for the count in the above "the second Saturday in May" and the suggestion given by Chandler S. Robbins in the above article (date of 1952).
Larry LadeSaint Joseph, MOBuchanan County


--- On Sat, 3/20/10, Terry McNeely <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

From: Terry McNeely <[log in to unmask]>
Subject: Re: migratory  bird counts
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Date: Saturday, March 20, 2010, 8:33 PM




I spent some time using BING and come up with little information other than if you use the Name "Jim Stasz" it will direct you to mmore photo info and the following



        
        
	    				
               
               
                   
                   
                   
                   
    
           
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            Conservation Action in the Field
NORTH AMERICAN MIGRATION COUNT
The North American Migration Count (NAMC) was started in 1992 to
give bird watchers the opportunity to enjoy a day's birding during
spring migration with the knowledge that the results of their findings,
together with the birds counted by others, would reveal the status of
bird migration on a specified date. The goals of the NAMC are to get a
picture of the progress of spring migration, obtain data on the
abundance and distribution of each migratory species, create more
challenges and goals for birders, and (most important) have fun. No fee
is involved. For more information, write to Jim Stasz, NAMC
Coordinator, RO. Box 71, l North Beach, MD 20714. For an article by Jim
Stasz, go to North American Migration Count.

I would be my guess that you will have to write this man and get data information.


Terry McNeely
25843 Grate Ave 
Jameson, MO  64647
Daviess County




Date: Sat, 20 Mar 2010 09:48:17 -0600
From: [log in to unmask]
Subject: migratory  bird counts
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    While talking to a local Rotary club about birds i was unable 
to tell this group who sponsers the migratory bird count despite having 
participated in it for several years. Can someone give me an answer. Lester 
pannell
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