As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Friday, 13 June 2014

FWC: Help us find these rare upland birds

Staff report
Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 2:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 2:37 p.m.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking the public's help in locating three species of birds during their breeding season.

The Southeastern American kestrel, the burrowing owl and the painted bunting are "rare and declining species" often overlooked by other monitoring programs, according to an FWC news release.

The kestrel and burrowing owl are classified as threatened in Florida. FWC scientists say the painted bunting's population is declining.

The agency is asking people to use its Rare Bird Registry to map locations where they see the species. They also have the option to upload photos and comments.

The website contains in-depth information on the species.

FWC scientists will use the data provided by the public to identify breeding areas and estimate populations.

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