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where beginning birders, college
students, and more advanced
birders hone their skills in col-
lecting information that can help
determine how natural areas in
West Virginia are managed and
how different environmental
factors such as logging, mining,
gas extraction, and urban sprawl
affect bird populations.
Many club members contribute their skills to more
than just bird identification. At
each Foray, hundreds of plant
samples are identified, rocks are
turned over, and creeks seined
looking for snakes and salamanders. Others document fossils.
To make areas easy to census
for future Forays, territory is
began implementing it at Foray,
albeit in an abbreviated form.
Currently, annual Forays include
ten or more BBS routes, with
results published in The Redstart.
The club also performs sing-
ing males censuses (SMC), which
plot breeding territories on a
short, marked transects, usually
in forests. In Pocahontas County,
one of the most mountainous
regions of West Virginia, the
BBC has been running certain
SMC plots every five years since
1949, compiling a wealth of
unique and fascinating data.
The BBS and SMC represent
the best in citizen science. This is R Y
Brooks Bird Club
enjoy birding and