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Training: BBS Methodology - Point Counts [page 16/34]
Conducting a Point Count (continued)
Although most birds will be detected aurally, visual detections are also important.
  1. Visually scan the entire point count area (360 degrees) while listening for vocalizations.
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  2. Keep eyes up and moving.
    • Avoid looking at your data sheets for extended periods.
      Familiarize yourself with the data sheets prior to conducting a point count to minimize time spent searching for species names.
    • Use binoculars to scan landscape especially in open habitats. Birds 200 - 400 meters distant are easily overlooked without the aid of binoculars.
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