The Northern Colorado Plateau Network (NCPN) is partnering with the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (RMBO) to assess breeding-bird species trends in three different habitats: riparian, pinyon-juniper, and sage-shrubland. During a five-minute count on park transects, a field crew records (1) the distance to the bird, (2) how the bird was detected (visually, aurally), (3) the sex of the bird, (4) the bearing of the bird from the recorder, and (5) habitat information. Ecologists then examine population trends relative to habitat, density, and diversity of species. NCPN survey plots will contribute to the RMBO's broader, landscape-scale breeding-bird monitoring program, which includes more than 1,000 plots in 11 states in the Rocky Mountains and Colorado Plateau.
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