[CT Birds] Volunteer birding opportunity with Audubon CT

Lori Mott zoogirl527 at gmail.com
Sun Aug 5 15:09:46 EDT 2012


Hi,
I am looking for volunteers for the below program.  It involves walking a
set path once a week from August 20 to October 20 and reporting on the
targeted birds found there.  The walk should take no more than 45 minutes.
Please pass this on to anyone who may be interested.  Thanks, Lori

Audubon CT is seeking citizen scientists (volunteer birdwatchers) to
participate in surveys of Neotropical migrant songbirds during fall
migration, one morning per week from August 20 - October 20, 2012.
 Volunteers should have strong bird identification skills and at least a
basic ability to identify common plants.  Our priority sites for the
surveys are coastal sites from Greenwich to New London as well as sites in
the greater Hartford area, but people interested in conducting the surveys
at other sites in CT are welcome to participate as well.  To volunteer or
for more information, contact Lori Mott at zoogirl527 at gmail.com.

The songbird surveys are part of Audubon's new Habitat Oases for Migrating
Songbirds program, which seeks to identify, improve and conserve important
stop-over habitat for migrating songbirds all along the Atlantic migratory
flyway, focusing on urban areas and other landscapes where there is limited
quality habitat.

The program, performed in collaboration with Audubon chapters, botanical
gardens, state and municipal parks departments, and other groups, engages
citizen scientists in migratory songbird surveys of urban green spaces and
rural forest remnants.  The surveys help us to determine the
characteristics of high quality stop-over habitat and which species of
plants are most beneficial as food sources for migrating songbirds. Audubon
and its partners are using the results of this study to:

¨      Promote the protection of critical stop-over habitats by helping
government agencies, corporations, land trusts, and other landowners make
informed land use and land protection decisions

¨      Improve the quality of public and private lands as stop-over habitat
for migrating birds by guiding the management and landscaping practices of
natural resource managers, private landowners and professional landscapers

¨      Develop regionally-specific lists of "bird-friendly" native plants
that may be used to guide landscaping practices in parks, gardens and
backyards



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