Upper Cumberland Region Forays—Central Node

Three fledgling Blue Jays await a meal in this image obtained in the Granville 6 block during the 2009 UCR Foray in Jackson County; the leftmost fledging is looking up at one of its parents, flapping its wings, and showing its bright pink gape; photo Carol D. Williams (30 May 2009).

                                    

                                                     It is a general rule that when the bird fauna stays intact, so does the rest of the fauna and flora.  E. O. Wilson

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An Upper Cumberland Region Foray (UCR Foray) is a bird-monitoring survey lasting 3–10 days that is designed to gather data on the breeding status, distribution, and abundance of all the bird species in a single county.  Usually held sometime from late May to late June, a Foray brings together a group of birders who spend several days collecting data and seeking evidence of breeding about as many species of birds as possible.

    Results of recent UCR Foray efforts provide the best available data about the breeding status, distribution, and abundance of breeding birds in eighteen of the Region's counties (Bledsoe, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, and Van Buren counties, Tennessee, and Barren, Clinton, McCreary, Metcalfe, Pulaski, Russell, and Wayne counties, Kentucky), usually surpassing in detail of coverage results from two previous efforts along the same lines—TOS forays from the late 1970s and 1980s and/or the Tennessee/Kentucky Breeding Bird Atlas projects from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s.

    The protocol for conducting a UCR Foray is fairly straightforward and is explained at the pages accessible via the links below:

    The first six forays occurring in the Upper Cumberland Region (UCR) were conducted by members of the TOS in the following counties and during the following years: Fentress (1979), Pickett (1979), White (1982), Cumberland (1985), Overton (1986), and Bledsoe (1987).  

    More recently, the 2007 UCR Foray was conducted by a group of UCR birders—with support from some TOS members—in White County, Tennessee, 25–28 May, almost exactly 25 years after the first foray took place in that county 28–31 May 1982.  Data resulting from these two forays provided a rare opportunity to view changes taking place in a county avifauna over the course of a quarter century. Note: many thanks to Michael L. Bierly for making the original data for the 1982 White County Foray available.

    The 2008 UCR Foray was conducted in DeKalb County, Tennessee, 23–26 May by a small group of UCR birders with support from two TOS members. Carol D. Williams and I co-coordinated the foray in DeKalb County, and I compiled the results (see link below), which included minimal or greater coverage of all blocks in the county.

    The 2009 UCR Forays—conducted in Pickett County, Tennessee, 22–25 May; in Jackson County, Tennessee, 29 May–1June; and in Clinton County, Kentucky, 12–14 June—were quite successful, with all blocks in all counties receiving minimal or greater coverage.  Click on the links below for the results of those UCR Forays.

    The 2010 UCR Forays—conducted in Cumberland County, Tennessee, 29 May–4 June; Pulaski County, Kentucky, 5–11 June; and Clay County, Tennessee, 12–15 June—were also quite successful, with all blocks in all counties receiving coverage, usually minimal or greater.  Ed LeGrand and I were co-coordinators of the 2010 UCR Foray in Cumberland County; Roseanna Denton and I were co-coordinators of the 2010 UCR Foray in Pulaski County; and I was coordinator of the 2010 UCR Foray in Clay County. A TOS Foray was conducted in Cumberland County in 1985, but data from that foray are largely unavailable; anyone who can provide that information will be much appreciated, as it would be good to be able to compare the results of the 2010 UCR Foray with those of the 1985 TOS Foray.

    The 2011 UCR Forays were conducted in Overton (23–29 May 2011), Putnam (6–12 June 2011), and Van Buren (13–15 June 2011) counties, Tennessee, and in McCreary County (30 May–5 June 2011), Kentucky; results of the Overton County foray may be compared with results of the foray in that county conducted during 1986, as well as with results of the Breeding Bird Atlas project in Tennessee.

    The 2012 UCR Forays were conducted in Wayne County, Kentucky (1–10 June 2012), in Bledsoe County, Tennessee (17–22 June 2012), and in Russell County, Kentucky (13–15 and 26–29 June 2012); results from the Bledsoe County foray may be compared with results of the TOS Foray conducted in that county during mid-June 1987.

    The 2013 UCR Forays were conducted in Barren County, Kentucky (16 June 2013), Metcalfe County, Kentucky (812 June 2013), Macon County, Tennessee (1422 June 2013), and Fentress County, Tennessee (2228 June 2013).

    See the following page for tentative counties and dates for the 2014 UCR Forays:

   Here are some links to pages that deal with results of forays conducted in the recent or historical past:

* If anyone has access to results of the 1985 Foray in Cumberland County, Tennessee, please share them.

    To see a map (Figure 1) of the UCR highlighting the counties where forays have been, or soon will be, conducted or to see a table listing all species encountered during past UCR Forays (including links to atlas maps displaying composite data for Kentucky and Tennessee for all species), click on the appropriate link below:

    To see physiographic maps of individual Tennessee counties in the Region displaying the USGS quadrangles that overlap them, to see maps of counties displaying the foray blocks that are contained within them (and to get an idea of how much effort might be required to conduct a foray in them), or to see maps of counties displaying the foray blocks that received coverage during the Tennessee Breeding Bird Atlas (BBA) project (Nicholson 1997), click on the appropriate link below:

County Map Displaying USGS Quadrangles County Map Displaying USGS Blocks * County Map Displaying BBA Blocks Surveyed **
Bledsoe County Quads Bledsoe County Blocks—48 Bledsoe County BBA Blocks—30
Clay County Quads Clay County Blocks—30 Clay County BBA Blocks—14
Cumberland County Quads Cumberland County Blocks—75 Cumberland County BBA Blocks—52
DeKalb County Quads DeKalb County Blocks—40 DeKalb County BBA Blocks—14
Fentress County Quads Fentress County Blocks—55 Fentress County BBA Blocks—42
Jackson County Quads Jackson County Blocks—40 Jackson County BBA Blocks—15
Macon County Quads Macon County Blocks—32 Macon County BBA Blocks—13
Morgan County Quads Morgan County Blocks—58 Morgan County BBA Blocks—40
Overton County Quads Overton County Blocks—47 Overton County BBA Blocks—24
Pickett County Quads Pickett County Blocks—24 Pickett County BBA Blocks—14
Putnam County Quads Putnam County Blocks—46 Putnam County BBA Blocks—25
Scott County Quads Scott County Blocks—62 Scott County BBA Blocks—36
Smith County Quads Smith County Blocks—37 Smith County BBA Blocks—8
Van Buren County Quads Van Buren County Blocks—33 Van Buren County BBA Blocks—15
Warren County Quads Warren County Blocks—47 Warren County BBA Blocks—15
White County Quads White County Blocks—49 White County BBA Blocks—19
Total Blocks in TN part of UCR—651

* The number following each entry represents the total number of foray blocks in that county. ** The number following each entry represents the total number of foray blocks surveyed during the Tennessee Breeding Bird Atlas project; coverage of the blocks was uneven with the "priority" (central eastern) block in each quadrangle getting good coverage and with other blocks in each quadrangle getting a varying amount of coverage.

    To see physiographic maps of Individual Kentucky counties in the Region displaying the USGS quadrangles that overlap them, to see maps of counties displaying the foray blocks that are contained within them (and to get an idea of how much effort might be required to conduct a foray in them), or to see maps of counties displaying the foray blocks that received coverage during the Kentucky Breeding Bird Atlas (BBA) project (Palmer-Ball 1996), click on the appropriate link below:

County Map Displaying Quadrangles County Map Displaying Blocks * County Map Displaying BBA Blocks Surveyed **
Adair County Quads Adair County Blocks—46 Adair County BBA Blocks—7
Barren County Quads Barren County Blocks—54 Barren County BBA Blocks—9
Clinton County Quads Clinton County Blocks—24 Clinton County BBA Blocks—4
Cumberland County Quads Cumberland County Blocks—35 Cumberland County BBA Blocks—6
McCreary County Quads McCreary County Blocks—51 McCreary County BBA Blocks—9
Metcalfe County Quads Metcalfe County Blocks—32 Metcalfe County BBA Blocks—5
Monroe County Quads Monroe County Blocks—35 Monroe County BBA Blocks—6
Pulaski County Quads Pulaski County Blocks—72 Pulaski County BBA Blocks—11
Russell County Quads Russell County Blocks—31 Russell County BBA Blocks—5
Wayne County Quads Wayne County Blocks—54 Wayne County BBA Blocks—10
Total Blocks in KY part of UCR—408

* The number following each entry represents the total number of foray blocks in that county. ** The number following each entry represents the total number of foray blocks surveyed during the Kentucky Breeding Bird Atlas project; coverage of these blocks was consistently good.

    To see a physiographic map of the Kentucky counties in the Region displaying the foray blocks that received (fairly uniform) coverage during the Kentucky Breeding Bird Atlas (BBA) project (Palmer-Ball 1996) or to see a physiographic map of the Tennessee counties in the Region displaying the foray blocks that received (a varying amount of) coverage during the Tennessee Breeding Bird Atlas (BBA) project (Nicholson 1997), click on the appropriate link below:

    As more and more foray data become available in the future, maps showing the Regional distribution and abundance of breeding species should become more and more complete, finally surpassing the completeness of these species' mapped Regional distribution and abundance as reflected by Breeding Bird Atlas data (Palmer-Ball 1996; Nicholson 1997).  To see the map for total species recorded per block on forays within the Kentucky or Tennessee portions of the UCR or to see the development of the map for Red-eyed Vireo (REVI) in the Kentucky or Tennessee counties, click on the appropriate link(s) below:

 

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