Are you a night owl? We need dedicated volunteers to

Survey for nightjars!

Chuck-will's-widow by Nathan Farnau/Macaulay Library
NY is home to three species of nightjars: Eastern Whip-poor-will, Chuck-will's-widow, and Common Nighthawk. And all of them, like most aerial insectivores, are in trouble.

You can help DEC and the Atlas learn more about their distribution in NY by conducting a standardized survey.

If you suspect nightjars breed near you,
consider conducting a survey on moonlit nights in May and June. If there are no existing routes near you, you can create your own route.

Easy steps to participate
  1. Select a route
  2. Review the 2022 Handbook
  3. Watch the training video
  4. Conduct the survey!
  5. Submit your data
Your efforts will help us monitor population changes in these rapidly declining species.
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Young Common Nighthawks at Altona Flat Rock July 3, 2021
Derek Rogers/Macaulay Library
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