The Backyard Whip-poor-will Challenge
The Backyard Whip-poor-will Challenge is another way that the Land Between is collecting information on nightjars. This project is separate from the Nightjar Road surveys and is meant for people who have whip-poor-wills very close to home!
If you have heard Eastern Whip-poor-wills from your property - or from somewhere else - we want to know about it! Please help out our conservation efforts by filling in a reporting form. You can access this online (link or complete below), or print out a PDF version to write on a hard copy: EWPW Field Reporting Form
Eastern Whip-poor-will populations have declined more than 75% in the last 20 years. These birds are a heritage species, loved and remembered by Elders, homesteaders, and dreamers. They have an unmistakable and heart-warming call. Whip-poor-wills are are part of the Nightjar family, also known as Goatsuckers; these aerial insectivores consume large amounts of flying insects, including thousands of mosquitoes! They are also one of the only birds that has whiskers! Whip-poor-wills are most active at dusk and during the full moons in early June to July.