How can I help with the Breeding Bird Survey?
Spend the winter studying your field guides and getting to know the most common birds by sight and sound. Go birding whenever you can, then come to the spring kickoff (usually in April- check our events calendar) and learn how to record your observations and hone your skills. Learn more about the Breeding Bird Survey at http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/bbs/about/.
Field Checklist of Ann Arbor's Breeding Birds
The birds in the list below have been found in Ann Arbor’s parks and natural areas during the breeding season, May to July. The list was created using data collected by Breeding Bird Survey volunteers and Natural Area Preservation staff from 1995 to 2007. In that time period, there have been 124 breeding bird species observed! Why don’t you head out to one of our many parks and see how many you can spot?
Threatened (T) indicates a bird species that is protected under the Endangered Species Act of the State of Michigan. Also on this list are species of Special Concern (SC). While not afforded legal protection under the act, these species are of concern because of declining or relict populations in the state. If they continue to decline, they would be recommended for Threatened or Endangered status. Seven state-listed species can be found on this checklist.
The status codes indicate the highest level of breeding behavior that has been observed for a particular species in our parks and natural areas.
1: Observed during breeding season.
2: Probable breeder.
3: Confirmed breeder.
The abundance codes reflect the probability that a moderately skilled observer will find a particular species during the breeding bird season of late May to mid-July.
Abundant (A): Very likely to be seen in parks and natural areas, especially if in the appropriate habitat.
Common (C): Common in parks and natural areas, but may be a bit harder to find than an abundant species.
Uncommon (U): Less common and perhaps more secretive.
Rare (R): Few sightings over the years or very local to a particular park or natural area.
Want to print out this information in a handy brochure? Click here (pdf) for our field checklist!