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Monitor Spotlight

Dave Spleha

Grasslands amid the particle collisions

Dave Spleha took up serious birding in the 1990s, encouraged by his son who had just taken a college ornithology class.  Later Dave began keeping track of birds at Fermilab with Peter Kasper, who was doing regular bird surveys there.  In 2005 Peter suggested that Dave begin point count monitoring, and they set up 10 points in a variety of grassland areas. Dave now covers these points during the breeding season while continuing to monitor year round with Peter. The data they are compiling provides an exceptional view of bird populations over time at a variety of differently managed habitats.