As a blogger on wordpress and blogging in general, we are obsessed with stats, we want to know how many people are visiting our blogs, what they are looking at and what they are searching for to reach our blogs. With all that comes some pretty strange stuff. Take for example a search term I had yesterday:
stop whippoorwill bird from making noise
Wow. Little do these people know how lucky they are to even have Whip-poor-will’s to bug them. As for their question, you can’t stop them. You should feel honored that they have chosen your woods to live, that you have a healthy mature forest ecosystem. Many people spend years looking for these birds and others, like myself who have had the pleasure of listening to these birds frequently are disheartened as fewer birds return year after year, while suburban sprawl reaches into new areas.
Tomorrow night, starting shortly after sunset, my wife and I will be doing our part to help protect the whip-poor-will by participating in a whip-poor-will survey, which will start near Freehold in Greene County, NY and go about 9 miles south. I certainly hope we find some, I have a tremendous amount of hope going into tomorrow and to not find any will be a major disappointment. The days of yore when people like Thoreau, would hear 15 or more Whip-poor-will’s at a time are gone, but we need to make every effort to save the 1 or 2 pairs left in these strongholds and find new strongholds and protect them as well.