[CT Birds] Fairfield Co. Volunteer Birding Opportunity

Steve Faccio sfaccio at vtecostudies.org
Tue Jan 24 14:41:09 EST 2012

Hello Birders,
As part of a regional breeding bird monitoring program, the Vermont 
Center for Ecostudies (VCE), in collaboration with the National Park 
Service's Inventory and Monitoring Program, is seeking a volunteer to 
conduct point count surveys at Weir Farm National Historic Site, in 
Wilton, CT.

Skills Required: Volunteer observers must possess excellent bird 
identification skills (both visual and aural), and be capable of 
identifying the majority of songbird species that breed in the 
park.  They must also be capable of hiking on variable terrain, 
occasionally without trails.

Time Commitment:  Two morning surveys should be conducted at Weir 
Farm during June.  Each survey takes about 2 hours to complete (not 
including travel time to and from the park).  Surveys are to be 
conducted during the early morning hours (e.g. arrive at the first 
point at approximately 5:30 AM).  In addition, another 1-1.5 hours of 
time is required to transfer data from field forms onto data sheets, 
and to enter data into an online, web-based data entry 
system.  Because this is a long-term monitoring program, we are most 
interested in participants who can make a multi-year commitment to the project.

Rewards for Volunteering:  Participants enjoy numerous intangible 
rewards (such as seeing the sunrise and enjoying a morning of birding 
before the park is "officially" open, and knowing they have 
contributed valuable data for the benefit of bird populations), as 
well as a snazzy "thank you" gift.

For more information about the protocol, visit 

For questions or to participate, contact sfaccio at vtecostudies.org 
(please do not send inquires to this listserv).

Steve Faccio
Conservation Biologist
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
20 Palmer CT
White River Junction, VT 05001
Mailing address:
P.O. Box 420
Norwich, VT 05055
802-649-1431 xt.3
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