Skywatch Friday: Looking for MOON birds

A few months ago I volunteered to help with the Monitoring of Owls and Nightjars (MOON) program from the Illinois Natural History Survey. The project involves monitoring for certain bird species between sunset and sunrise during periods close to the full moon. The monitoring takes place at 9 different locations along a route where volunteers listen for nightjars, owls and other species for a period of 8 minutes. The first window for monitoring was April 3-17. We did our first survey on April 9th under optimal conditions. I’ll have more about MOON in a future post. For now, enjoy these photos of the sunset I took at Pistakee Lake before we started our survey:

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And these crazy-loud Chorus Frogs we heard at one of our monitoring stops:

And don’t forget to go enjoy the other Skywatch Friday posts submitted this week!

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5 Responses to Skywatch Friday: Looking for MOON birds

  1. Great and inspiring shots!
    Mary Elizabeth
    Blog.

  2. Beautiful sunset and capture. We have a similiar type of program this time of year on Haida Gwaii for the sawet owl…eight locations, eight minutes, eight days throughout the spring.
    I actually went out last night and did the same thing….recorded the frogs!
    Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.
    Smiles

  3. E. Floyd says:

    These are such peaceful photos, I really enjoy looking at them.

  4. Arija says:

    Nice gentle sunset.

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