If you are interested in participating in this year's Nighjar Survey effort, it's not too late! Surveys can be run on any night between May 18 and May 31 or between June 16 and June 30. This is part of a national effort to monitor the distribution of nightjars (Whip-poor-wills, Chuck-wills-widows, and Common Nighthawks). The effort is mainly run through the Center for Conservation Biology.
You only have to learn three bird calls, it only requires a few hours of driving at night, stopping at 10 locations to listen for a few minutes. More information can be found at www.nighjars.org, the national organization. From there, you will find the designated routes that are available in your area (there are 50 left in North Carolina for adoption), and you will have to register in order to participate.
If you are signed up and ready to go, here's a handy chart for determining when to go.
If you have any questions about the protocol or anything else feel free to contact Scott Anderson.