Yellow-billed Cuckoo Survey Protocol Workshop
August 19-20, 2017
Gridley, CA

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. Registration deadline is August 11, 2017.
  • Western Section members: $140
  • Non-members: $185
  • Western Section 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 Saturday, August 19, 2017
Afternoon lecture session: 1:00pm – 5:00pm. Gridley Area Chamber of Commerce, 890 Hazel Street, Gridley, CA. We’ll provide light snacks during the workshop.

Sunday, August 20, 2017
Morning Field Session: 5:30am – 10:00am. Meet at the CDFW Upper Butte Basin Wildlife Area, Little Dry Creek Unit. Map and directions will be provided at the Saturday lecture session.
Please be on time!
Bring your binoculars and full water bottle, wear field clothes, including sturdy shoes, and sunscreen for the morning field session. We’ll provide light snacks at the conclusion of the 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
Hotel accommodations are available in Gridley (limited), Oroville, Yuba City, and Colusa.
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        The Western Section of The Wildlife Society
        PO Box 6756
        Albany, CA 94706
Contact For more information please contact Jessica Martini-Lamb

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