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Research About Birds
by N. Kenyon
the past ten years, we have been conducting a monthly bird
census in Upper Newport Bay from the deck of a small pontoon
boat on the 3rd Wednesday morning or each month from 8:30
to 11:00 a.m. The census is done by birders from Sea and Sage
Audubon Society, coordinated by Nancy Kenyon. Until the fall
of 2010, our course was from the Back Bay Science Center boat
dock, up the bay to the boat limit sign above the old salt
dike, and then back again. The data we have collected is used
for analysizing the status of resident and migratory birds
in the upper portion of the bay.
In the fall of 2010, we switched our boat and starting location
from the Back Bay Science Center to the Newport Sea Base because
the dock at the Back Bay Science Center needed repair. Fortunately
for us, the pontoon boats belonging to the Sea Base are much
more suitable for our needs because they can hold more people
and have a steadier deck from which to bird. All of our census
data has been posted here on the website. Click on the census
year you are interested in seeing.
the years 1992 and 1996, a series of monthly birds counts
were made in Upper Newport Bay, also conducted by birders
from Sea and Sage Audubon. These counts were conducted during
periods of low tide and were done from land. The counts were
coordinated by Richard Kust.