Riparian zones are important refuges for bird species; especially in urban areas. Stoney Creek currently has two groups doing regular bird surveys to assess the health of our bird populations. These surveys also serve as an indicator of the overall health of the Stoney Creek Corridor. At the moment volunteers walk one of three survey circuits varying in length and habitat. Each circuit has been broken up into sections, or stations, to help pinpoint bird sightings.
Birders record what they see and hear:
– bird species
– number encountered
– male or female
– adult or juvenile
– station number
– any unusual activity
Two people must verify visual or audible sightings for accuracy. This data is then entered onto an Excel spreadsheet for further analysis.