Current widespread concern for the status of neotropical migratory birds has sparked interest in techniques for inventorying and monitoring populations of these and other birds in southeastern forest habitats. The present guide gives detailed instructions for conducting point counts of birds. It further presents a detailed methodology for the design and conduct of inventorial and monitoring surveys based on point counts, including discussion of sample size determination, distribution of counts among habitats, cooperation among neighboring land managers, vegetation sampling, standard data format, and other topics. Appendices provide additional information, making this guide a stand-alone text for managers interested in developing inventories of bird populations on their lands.
Hamel, Paul B.; Smith, Winston P.; Twedt, Daniel J.; Woehr, James R.; Morris, Eddie; Hamilton, Robert B.; Cooper, Robert J. 1996. A Land Manager''s Guide to Point Counts of Birds in the Southeast. Gen. Tech. Rep. SO-120. New Orleans, LA: U.S. Dept of Agriculture, Forest Service, Southern Forest Experiment Station. 39 p.