[CT Birds] Audubon CT Citizen Science Projects

Folsom-O'Keefe, Corrie cfolsom-okeefe at audubon.org
Thu Mar 21 11:06:14 EDT 2013

Audubon CT and its partners are looking for volunteers to participate in the following citizen science projects.   To volunteer or for more information, please contact Important Bird Area Program Coordinator, Corrie Folsom-O'Keefe, at cfolsom-okeefe at audubon.org<mailto:cfolsom-okeefe at audubon.org> or 203-264-5098 ext. 310.  Thank you!

International Shorebird Surveys:
Threats to shorebirds have become more diverse and widespread in recent decades.  There has been a collapse of the Red Knot population and a free-fall in numbers of Semipalmated Sandpipers in the last 20 years.  Also as a result of Hurricane Sandy, forage habitat for shorebirds along the CT coastline has likely shifted and assessment of shorebird activity is needed.  As part of a hemisphere-wide effort to understand the declining trends of migratory shorebirds, International Shorebird Surveys are planned to occur along the coastline of Connecticut.
International Shorebird Surveys take place from April 1st to the end of May, and from August 15th to October 15th. We are looking for volunteers to conduct ISS at specific sites a minimum of 3 times per season.   We are in particular need of volunteers to conduct ISS at Compo Beach in Westport, Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, and Bluff Point State Park in Groton.  During a survey, participants record which shorebird species are present and the number of birds of each species.  The data is entered into e-bird using the ISS portal.  A training session will be held on Tuesday March 26th at 6:30pm at the CAS Coastal Center at Milford Point and will focus on ISS methods and shorebird identification.  A webinar may be offered for those who cannot make the training.

Migratory Songbird Surveys:
Audubon Connecticut is seeking citizen scientists to participate in surveys of migrant songbirds during spring migration.  We are looking for volunteers to conduct simple 10-min. bird surveys (what bird species are present and how many of each species) at 4-5 spots in New Haven county parks on four consecutive Tuesdays from April 30th through May 21st.  The surveys take place in the morning and will take a maximum of two hours to complete.  Volunteers should have moderate - strong bird identification skills. If you are interested but cannot commit to all four Tuesdays, consider teaming up with another volunteer or filling in for one week.  Training sessions will be held on April 23rd at 9:30 am and 6:30 pm at the Audubon Center at the Bent of the River in Southbury, CT.  Volunteers are encouraged to attend a training session but it is not mandatory to participate.

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