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Landowner Response to Bird Population Surveys

Some landowners are wary of the motivations of technicians gathering bird data on their land. The more accurate data provided by the bird census program can benefit private landowners, who often shudder when there's talk a bird or animal might be listed as threatened or endangered because of land-use regulations such a listing can bring.

Better data on bird populations has resulted in findings of higher populations of particular bird species -- sometimes keeping a bird from being listed. Colorado landowner Diane VanLandingham says she supports gathering more accurate information about the bird species on her property.


Chris White
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
Ft. Collins, CO

Jenny Berven
Private Lands Liaison
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies
Ft. Collins, CO

Christopher Rustay
Conservation Delivery Leader
Playa Lakes Joint Venture
Albuquerque, NM

Mike Carter
Playa Lakes Joint Venture
Lafayette, CO

Diane VanLandingham
LaJunta, CO

Produced by Playa Lakes Joint Venture.