Step 2: What's Involved

Shorebird surveyor Importance of consistency

The success (i.e. producing meaningful and useful information) of the Florida Shorebird Database (FSD) depends on everyone collecting and contributing data in an effective and consistent way. Therefore, much of "what's involved" centers around the FSD protocols.


What we need you to do:

1) Use the methods outlined in the FSD protocols.

There are two FSD protocols- one for breeding shorebirds and seabirds, and the other for non-breeding shorebirds and seabirds. Learn both protocols in Step 4 "Collecting data".

2) Follow the calendar in the FSD protocols.

Each FSD protocol has a calendar associated with it that has key dates for surveying and monitoring. At a minimum, we need everyone to collect data during these time periods. By syncronizing our surveys, we can make better comparisons between different sites and regions.

3) Enter your data immediately.

Getting your observations entered into the database quickly is very important. Other monitors need to know where you surveyed to avoid double-counting, and local and regional managers need to know what you found to determine management needs and respond appropriately to crisis situations like the 2010 BP Oil Spill.