SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is seeking additional help in locating whip-poor-wills.
Officials say the gray, black and brown bird with a black throat is well-camouflaged and is easier to hear than see. Its namesake song is a loud, rhythmic "whip-poor-will" which it sings repeatedly at night.
Biologist Rich Bailey says recent bird survey data indicate significant population declines in nearby states.
Residents who see or hear whip-poor-wills from Saturday until July 31 are asked to email Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The email should include the date and location, and whether you saw or heard the bird, a contact name and telephone number.
The DNR also is seeking information from residents who see or hear barn owls and bald eagles.
Bailey conducted similar surveys last year.