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My 2008 BBS Route Completed

I'm relieved that I am done entering all the bird count data from the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) Route that I ran on Tuesday. It looks from the summary on the website that this was my 6th year running the route. It really is a lot of fun yet its a pain too because there is a lot of preparation that goes into it. I often check a nearby stream gage because when the water is high, the first few stops (along Spring Lick Road) near the Savage River Reservoir can be very loud (which makes it tough to hear birds). I also have to check the weather so I don't get rained out. So far I haven't been rained out. This year I bought an anemometer so I could keep track of the wind speed and also the temperature a bit more dynamically than I have in the past. I almost lost it when I left it on the back of the car and drove off. Luckily two stops later I realized I no longer had it, back-tracked two stops and found it. I look forward to counting again next year.
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