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BBS routes must be sampled under satisfactory weather conditions.
Record the weather conditions at the beginning and end of the route.
It is also helpful if significant weather events and where they
occur along the route are also noted on the data sheets.
- Avoid days when fog or smoke may impair visibility.
- Avoid sampling routes when wind is blowing at velocities >
12 mph (> 19 Kph; Beaufort Scale 3). In prairie regions where
windless days are uncommon, avoid sampling routes when wind velocities
are > 18 mph (< 29 Kph; Beaufort Scale 4).
- Avoid rainy days. Days with no precipitation are best. However,
an occasional light drizzle or very brief shower may not affect
bird activity but steady drizzle and prolonged showers should
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