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
Your efforts will help us monitor population changes in these rapidly declining species.
- Select a route
- Review the 2022 Handbook
- Watch the training video
- Conduct the survey!
- Submit your data