Below are eight fun and rewarding citizen-science projects taking place this month (August). The list is up to date and useful because it’s based on information you sent us. (Thanks!) Each project relies on volunteers like you to accomplish a critically important goal — adding to our understanding of North America’s birds. Please join in!
A Swift Night Out
Driftwood Wildlife Association
WHEN: Friday, Saturday, Sunday of the second weekends of August and September
WHAT: Locate and describe the communal roosts that Chimney and Vaux’s Swifts form during fall migration.
CONTACT: Paul Kyle, email@example.com, (512) 266-3861
Audubon Vaux’s Happening
Seattle, Eastside, and Pilchuck Audubon chapters
WHEN: Mid-August until migration’s end
WHAT: Document the spectacular roosting events this species displays at a limited number of large trees and old masonry structures on the Pacific Flyway.
CONTACT: Larry Schwitters, firstname.lastname@example.org, (425) 392-9161
Urban Ecology Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
WHEN: August-October, April-May
WHAT: The Urban Ecology Center’s field sites are important stopover habitats for migrating birds. Volunteers have been collecting important data on birds since the 1980s, and the Urban Ecology Center is a founding partner of the Milwaukee Biome Project, with the goal of identifying important regional stopover habitats. Weekly bird walks and banding rely on volunteer help.
CONTACT: Jennifer Callaghan, email@example.com, (414) 964-8505 x152
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Chicago Bird Collision Monitors
Chicago Bird Collision Monitors
WHEN: August to November and March to June
WHAT: Recover birds killed or injured after striking buildings in Chicago.
CONTACT: Annette Prince, info@ birdmonitors.net, (773) 988-1867
Pride – Santa Ynez River Estuary Shorebird Monitoring
La Purisma Audubon Society
WHEN: Twice a month from August to May
WHAT: Survey shorebirds at the Lower Santa Ynez River in Santa Barbara County, California.
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org, (805) 733-5501
Project Safe Flight
New York City Audubon
WHEN: Autumn and spring migrations
WHAT: Volunteers patrol the streets of New York City in search of dead and injured birds that have collided with buildings. Injured birds are brought to animal-care centers or rehabilitators and are released in the wild after their recovery. Dead birds are collected and transferred to the New York State University in Albany. All the collected birds (dead or injured) are entered in our database.
WEB: www.nycaudubon.org/index.php/project-safe-flight, Facebook
CONTACT: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, (212) 691-7483
Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
WHAT: Record the sex and age composition of flocks of Wild Turkeys observed in New York.
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org, (518) 402-8883
Report Nesting Bald Eagles
Georgia Department of Natural Resources
WHEN: Late summer to April
WHAT: Report the location and number of adult and immature Bald Eagles, behavior, and signs of nesting activity.
CONTACT: Jim Ozier, email@example.com
Promote your project!
Help us publish another up-to-date list of citizen-science projects in our February 2015 issue. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org containing information about year-round projects and projects taking place between February 1 and July 31, 2015. Here’s what we need to know:
1. Name of project
2. Name of coordinating organization
3. Start and end dates
4. A brief description
5. Web address
6. Name of a contact person
7. Contact person’s email address and phone number
A version of this list appeared in the August 2014 issue of BirdWatching magazine. Subscribe.