Since 1985, official Breeding
Bird Surveys have been conducted on the INL. The
Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) is a roadside route survey of avifauna
designed to monitor abundance and distribution of birds in the
United States and southern Canada. Data from these censuses
are one of the main sources of information on avian population
trends across the continent. These surveys are conducted in
June every year.
on the INL have yielded useful information about population
dynamics of native birds, effects of weather and fire on avian
abundance, and the breeding status of a number of bird species of
concern, including sagebrush obligate species and other species
exhibiting declines through their range.
Sign up to be an
official INL birdwatcher
The INL is interested in
keeping a year-round list of observations of birds on the INL.
This data will be used by ESER and DOE-ID as part of its wildlife
management and monitoring programs. If you would like to enroll as
an official ESER birdwatcher, please send us your name, e-mail
address, phone number, and work facility. Upon approval, you
will be given a password to access our submittal form.