One of our main tasks over the past two months has been to conduct point counts for Cape Sable seaside sparrows. A point count is a survey method used to count birds, where an observer stands at a single location and records all of the birds seen and heard in a given amount of time. Through the completion of our point counts, we hope to accurately determine the sparrow’s range and population density.

Specific point count methods can vary. For our surveys, we try to record all sparrows within a 300m radius area over a seven-minute period on the datasheet seen in the photos. We determine the distance and direction of the sparrows, which can be very challenging since they are often only heard and not seen. In addition to sparrow detections, we record environmental conditions such as wind, cloud coverage, and water depth and coverage at the l