CITIZEN SCIENCEHelping with regular bird counts and surveys are ways that citizen birdwatchers can contribute to scientific understanding of birds. Over the long term, data from counts and surveys helps biologists to understand bird behavior and population dynamics. This can lead to better, science-based management.
Kalmiopsis Audubon members can participate in several bird counts and other bird monitoring activities year round.
Feb. 17-20, 2017 Great Backyard Birdcount, YOUR backyard
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a four-day count held each February with the goal of creating a real-time snapshot of bird numbers and where birds are --all across the globe. This year’s count will take place from Feb. 17-20. It’s free, fun, and easy, and it helps birds. For more info about how to help, go to Great Backyard Bird Count website: www.birdcount.org. It's fun to get sightings from Curry County on the national map!
For Skilled Birders--
North American Migration Counts
Spring Migration Count- 2d Saturday in May
Fall Migration Count- 3d Saturday in September
The count compiler is
Diane Cavaness. Her address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. She can e-mail
you the form to send in your observations.
Christmas Bird Count
For more information about the next Christmas Bird Count, contact Jim Rogers at 332-2555.
For results of past Christmas Bird Counts, click here.
For a 2009 National Audubon Society report based on 40 years of Christmas Bird Count Data, click here.
BLACK OYSTERCATCHER SURVEY
The Coastwide Black Oystercatcher Survey is usually held in May, when Black Oystercatchers are most active.
The Black Oystercatcher is a relatively rare species with only a few hundred individuals in Oregon and about 11,000 individuals range-wide. According to Liz Kelly, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist, “That’s why, it is really important to monitor this species every year.”
“These surveys are very important,” said Peg Boulay, ODFW sensitive species coordinator who has participated in the project. “Prior to 2005, we didn’t have any good data on where oystercatchers were reproducing and where they are having success.” When priority sites are identified, it’s possible to minimize disturbance during critical times of the year.
Black oystercatchers are a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service "Species of Concern." They are counted in the spring, when the monogamous birds return to the same nesting territories to pair with the same mate. Survey results are available on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Newport Field Office Web site: http://www.fws.gov/oregonfwo/Species/Data/BlackOystercatcher/default.asp
Owing to this coastwide effort, we now know that our South Coast is an
especially important place for Black Oystercatchers; we have more birds
and better nest success.
Building on long-term monitoring efforts of the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. F&WS, in 2015, the Audubon Society of Portland initiated a Black Oystercatcher citizen scientist project to help better understand how this bird uses rocky intertidal habitats in and near the recently designated network of Oregon’s marine reserves/protected areas. This program offers a training in early May. For more info about how to get involved, please contact Joe Liebezeit at 971-222-6121.
COASST (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team) is a citizen science project based out of the University of Washington that is dedicated to involving volunteers in the collection of high-quality data on the status and trends of coastal resources (mainly seabirds) for the purposes of science, informed resource management, and conservation. COASST volunteers systematically count and identify the birds that wash ashore along the beaches in Washington, Oregon, California and Alaska. Volunteers need NO experience with birds, just a commitment to survey a specific beach (1 km) each month.
For more information about local training sessions and how you can help, contact COASST at 206-221-6893 or email@example.com