Yellow-billed Cuckoo Survey Protocol Workshop
June 29-30, 2016
Davis, CA

*** NOTE - The workshop is currently full ***

  • You may still submit a registration to get added to the waiting list.
  • No payment will be collected unless a space becomes available.
Information Dr. Murrelet Halterman will present an overview of the current Yellow-billed Cuckoo call-playback protocol. This workshop is for both those interested in working towards obtaining permits to survey for cuckoos and for those who would like to know more about this fascinating species! The first day is an afternoon lecture session, with an in-depth discussion of the species, identification, cuckoo behavior, and habitat use. The next morning is practice in the field and looking at examples of typical cuckoo habitat.

Dr. Murrelet Halterman has studied Yellow-billed Cuckoos throughout California, Arizona, and Nevada for over 25 years. This work includes coordinating statewide surveys, conducting primary research on home range, vocalizations, and mating systems, and conducting training workshops. She is the lead author of the current Yellow-billed Cuckoo survey protocol.
Registration Register early! Registration is limited to 20 participants.
  • Early (by June 12) - Western Section members: $125; Non-members: $155
  • Late – Western Section members: $135; Non-members: $170
  • Students (members only, limited number at this rate): $50
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Registration includes a digital copy of the current protocol and data sheets, as well as the call playback recording.
Details Wednesday, June 29: Afternoon lecture session: 2:30pm – 6:30pm. City of Davis Veteran’s Memorial Center, Club Room. 203 East Fourteenth Street (corner of Fourteenth and B Streets), on the southern edge of Community Park.

Thursday, June 30: Morning Field Session: 5:30am – 10:00am. Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area. Carpool upon arrival at site highly encouraged. Bring your binoculars and full water bottle, wear field clothes, including sturdy shoes, and sunscreen for the morning field session.

Yellow-billed Cuckoo Survey Protocol Workshop Outline
  • Introduction
  • Cuculidae overview
  • Western Yellow-billed Cuckoos:
    • Biology
    • Range
    • Populations in western U.S./Status
    • Threats
    • Permitting
  • Yellow-billed Cuckoo Characteristics:
    • Vocalization rate
    • Diet
    • Movement
    • Home range
    • Habitat
    • Nesting/nest searching
    • Identification
      • Similar species
    • Vocalizations
      • Similar species
  • Survey methodology
    • Introduction
    • Choosing survey routes
    • Interpreting results
    • Datasheets
  • Questions

Local Information
Meals and overnight accommodations are on your own. Light afternoon refreshments and light morning snack will be provided. Here’s a partial list of hotels in the City of Davis near the Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area:
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        The Western Section of The Wildlife Society
        PO Box 6756
        Albany, CA 94706
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