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Datasheet Instructions

Note: If your route is more than 10 stops long, simply continue on with a second data sheet.

Route Name: The official name for your route; e.g. Meldrum Creek, Wheeler Mtn., etc. If you are doing a new route, contact coordinator to register route before conducting the census to ensure no-one else is covering that area already.

Day/Month/Year: Date in number format, e.g. Day 12/Month 3/Year 2000

Start Time: Time in 24-hour format, e.g. 1945; similarly for End Time at bottom of sheet.

Snow Depth: Estimated minimum and maximum snow depths encountered on survey, in centimetres, and estimated percent coverage of snow (e.g. 33, if lower two-thirds of route is snow-free).

Weather Conditions: Fill in as appropriate for conditions at START of survey; fill in similar section at bottom of sheet for conditions at END of survey.

Wind: Circle appropriate Beaufort Number (see table above).

Odometer: Kilometres (to nearest tenth) from start of survey

Species Codes: Write in the species code for each owl detected (i.e. if two Great Horned Owls are heard you would write down "GHOW" on two separate lines-see example sheet). Note that the Barred Owl code is different than usual to avoid possible confusion with Boreal Owl while interpreting field sheet scrawl!

NOTE: If your route is more than 10 stops long, simply continue on with a second data sheet. 

Route Name: The official name for your route; e.g. Meldrum Creek, Wheeler Mtn., etc. If you are doing a new route, contact coordinator to register route before conducting the census to ensure no-one else is covering that area already. 

Day/Month/Year: Date in number format, e.g. Day 12/Month 3/Year 2001 

Start Time: Time in 24-hour format, e.g. 1945; similarly for End Time at bottom of sheet. 

Snow Depth: Estimated minimum and maximum snow depths encountered on survey, in centimetres, and estimated percent coverage of snow (e.g. 33, if lower two-thirds of route is snow-free). 

Weather Conditions: Fill in as appropriate for conditions at START of survey; fill in similar section at bottom of sheet for conditions at END of survey. 

Wind: Circle appropriate Beaufort Number (see table above). 

Odometer: Kilometres (to nearest tenth) from start of survey. 

Species Codes: Write in the species code for each owl detected (i.e. if two Great Horned Owls are heard you would write down "GHOW" on two separate lines-see example sheet). Note that the Barred Owl code is different than usual to avoid possible confusion with Boreal Owl while interpreting field sheet scrawl! If you see or hear owls at points other than regular stops, you may note them in the comments section but do not put them in the regular stop boxes.

BNOW Barn Owl
FLOW Flammulated Owl
WESO Western Screech-Owl
GHOW Great Horned Owl
NHOW Northern Hawk Owl
NPOW Northern Pygmy-Owl
BUOW Burrowing Owl
BARR Barred Owl
SPOW Spotted Owl
GGOW Great Gray Owl
LEOW Long-eared Owl
SEOW Short-eared Owl
BOOW Boreal Owl
NSOW Northern Saw-whet Owl
RUGR Ruffed Grouse
BLGR Blue Grouse
SPGR Spruce Grouse

Time Intervals: Put a check mark under the appropriate time intervals to indicate when the owl or grouse was heard. If it was calling throughout the stop, place check marks in both boxes.

Distance and Direction: Estimate the distance in metres and the direction (N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW) of any owl heard, e.g. 300 m NW.

Traffic count: A simple tally of motor vehicles that pass by during the stop.

Moon: Yes or no depending on whether it was visible from stop.

Noise Level

  1. Quiet
  2. Some noise (e.g. dogs or coyotes barking in distance),   but not distracting
  3. Significant noise that may have reduced owl detectibility (e.g. traffic)
  4. Constant noise, e.g. heavy traffic, roaring creek.

Comments/Mammals seen: any short comments you think would help us interpret the survey results and a list of mammals seen, even those between stops. Please identify mammals as best you can, e.g. "mouse" is acceptable, but "vole" or "deer mouse" or even "red-backed vole" is preferred .

If you have any questions, phone 1-250-496-4049 
or email dickcannings@shaw.ca

Please send completed data sheets to:

Dick Cannings
BC Programs Manager
Bird Studies Canada
705 Sunglo Drive
Penticton, BC V2A 8X7
 

 

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