On a species checklist, all bird species encountered during monitoring efforts (e.g. mist-netting, point counts) are recorded and breeding status is noted. This allows us to gather data on species that are encountered during a visit to a site, but perhaps not captured during the survey itself. The information gleaned from species checklists is used in various ways to monitor bird species.
For example, species checklists are used at many of our long-term bird monitoring sites to monitor species over time so that we can determine changes in species richness. These lists can also be used in conjunction with vegetation surveys to determine which species are found in certain habitat types.
Klamath Bird Observatory
PO Box 758
Ashland, Oregon 97520