Training Videos:

New Full-length Webinars for 2019:
  • Route new surveyor training: Watch video (41 minutes)
  • Route returning surveyor training: Watch video (30 minutes)
  • Rooftop monitoring training: Watch video (34 minutes)
Quick Tutorials
  • Add existing sites (colonial/solitary) to your profile: Watch video (5 minutes)
  • Establish new routes, add existing routes, and add sites to a route: Watch video (7 minutes)

Breeding Bird Protocol: View

All Forms | Route Form | Shorebird Nest Form
Seabird Colony Form | Roving Chicks/Staging Young Form
Rooftop Visit Form | Rooftop Site Details Form

Quick Guides:
Count Types | Re-nest | Nesting Timeline

Glossary: View

Survey count windows:

Count Date Primary purpose Reason
1 March 18-24 Locate early shorebird nests. Many plovers and oystercatchers are on nests by mid-March.
2 April 15-21 Locate early seabird colonies; check status of shorebird nests. Some seabird colonies begin forming in early April. Plover, willet and oystercatcher chicks begin to appear.
3 May 13-19 Locate new nests & colonies and check status of existing ones. Locate shorebird chicks. May and June represent the peak of nesting season. Seabird chicks present at most colonies by June.
4 June 10-16 Check the status of all nests & colonies. Count shorebird and seabird chicks.
5 July 8-14 Locate new nests & colonies and check status of existing ones. Count chicks and fledglings. July is often the time when second clutches and renesting attempts are initiated.
6 Aug. 5-11 Count chicks and fledglings. August represents the tail end of the nesting season when recent fledges are most apparent.

Florida Shorebird Alliance (FSA) website:

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