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100+ citizen-science projects

BRD-CS0410-500Organized by type of bird or project on this page are more than 100 ways to make your birdwatching count.

Each citizen-science project listed here relies on volunteer birdwatchers like you to accomplish a critically important goal — adding to our understanding of North America’s birds.

If you don’t see your favorite project, please let us know! Jot down a short description and e-mail it to us. We’d be happy to update the list, and to hear from you.

American Oystercatchers

Report a Banded American Oystercatcher
Coordinator: American Oystercatcher Working Group
Report the location, color, and type of bands you observe on an American Oystercatcher.
Contact: Shiloh Schulte, shiloh.schulte@gmail.com

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Aquatic birds

Florida Lakewatch Aquatic Bird Survey
Coordinator: University of Florida IFAS
Record and report the number and species of each aquatic bird observed on a lake, or record both the birds and their surrounding habitat.
Contact: (352) 392-4817, fl-lakewatch@ufl.edu

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Atlas projects

British Columbia Breeding Bird Atlas
Coordinator: Bird Studies Canada
Help determine the distribution and relative abundance of birds across British Columbia by recording where you saw a bird at a nest, feeding its young or where you heard it singing.
When: Breeding season
Contact: Rob Butler, rbutler@bsc-eoc.org

Delaware Breeding Bird Atlas
Coordinator: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
Document where a wide variety of bird species are making nests, laying eggs, and raising young throughout Delaware.
When: Breeding season
Contact: Anthony Gonzon, (302) 653-2880

Iowa Breeding Bird Atlas II
Coordinator: Iowa Ornithologists’ Union and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Choose a block (or blocks) in Iowa you wish to survey, record breeding evidence codes of species you find on your field card, and then enter your data onto the website database.
Contact: (515) 432-2823 x114, bbacoordinator@iowabirds.org

Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas
Coordinator: Bird Studies Canada, Manitoba Conservation, Environment Canada, Nature Manitoba and the Manitoba Museum
Document breeding activity such as territorial song, nest-building, and adults carrying food in 10 km x 10 km grid squares across Manitoba.
When: Breeding season
Contact: Christian Artuso, (204) 945-6816, cartuso@birdscanada.org

Maritimes Breeding Bird Atlas
Coordinator: Bird Studies Canada
Search for evidence of breeding for as many bird species as possible in squares throughout the Maritimes.
When: Breeding season
Contact: (866) 528-5275, atlasmaritimes@gmail.com

Massachusetts Breeding Bird Atlas 2
Coordinator: Mass Audubon
Survey equally sized blocks or squares in Massachusetts for the presence of breeding birds.
When: May 15–August 1
Contact: birdatlas@massaudubon.org

Minnesota Breeding Bird Atlas
Coordinator: Minnesota Ornithologists’ Union
Conduct surveys of atlas blocks in Minnesota to document which species are present and record evidence of breeding or behaviors that suggest breeding.
When: March through August
Contact: Bonnie Sample, (651) 739-9332, bsample@audubon.org

Nebraska Breeding Bird Atlas Project II
Coordinator: Nebraska Ornithologists’ Union and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Survey the 520+ priority blocks in Nebraska at various times during the breeding season to develop a list of the species that breed in each block.
When: Breeding season
Contact: Wayne Mollhoff, (402) 944-2840, wmollhoff@netscape.net

Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas II
Coordinator: Ohio State University School of Environmental Resources and Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife
Conduct surveys of atlas blocks in Ohio to document which species are present and record evidence of breeding or behaviors that suggest breeding.
When: March through August
Contact: (614) 247-6458, ohiobba2@gmail.com

South Dakota Breeding Bird Atlas 2
Coordinator: Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Search for bird presence and evidence of breeding in blocks throughout South Dakota.
When: Breeding season
Contact: Nancy Drilling, (970) 482-1707 x22, SDatlascoordinator@rmbo.org

West Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas II
Coordinator: West Virginia Department of Natural Resources
Survey atlas blocks in West Virginia and document the breeding status of all species encountered.
When: Breeding season
Contact: Rob Tallman, (304) 637-0245

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Bald Eagles

Arizona Bald Eagle Nest Watch Program
Coordinator: Southwestern Bald Eagle Management Committee
Watch eagle nests, record flight paths, perches, feeding stations, and foraging areas. Camp on location.
When: February-June. Paid contract
Contact: Kenneth Jacobson, (623) 236-7575, or baldeagl@azgfd.gov

Audubon EagleWatch
Coordinator: Audubon Center for Birds of Prey
Locate both urban and rural eagle nesting activity in Florida and document successes and failures.
When: October 1-May 15
Contact: Lynda White, eaglewatch@audubon.org

Bald Eagle Roost Count
Coordinator: Ferry Bluff Eagle Council
Count Bald Eagles that use 15 identified roosts in the Sauk-Prairie and Spring Green, Wisconsin, area.
When: Mid-November to late February
Contact: Jeb Barzen, (608) 544-2107

Bald Eagle Watch
Coordinator: Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Monitor Bald Eagle nests across the Colorado Front Range and record courtship, incubation, feeding of nestlings, fledging, and other aspects of the breeding cycle.
When: January through July
Contact: Nelda Gamble, nelda.gamble@rmbo.org, Amanda Morrison,amanda.bew@rmbo.org, or Cindi Kelly, cindi.bew@rmbo.org

Report Nesting Bald Eagles
Coordinator: Georgia Department of Natural Resources
Report the location and number of adult and immature Bald Eagles, behavior, and signs of nesting activity.
When: Late summer to April
Contact: Jim Ozier, jim.ozier@gadnr.org

Southern Ontario Bald Eagle Monitoring Project
Coordinator: Bird Studies Canada
Monitor Bald Eagle nests in southern Ontario.
Contact: Jody Allair, (888) 448-2473 x117, raptor@bsc-eoc.org

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Baltimore Orioles

Oriole Project
Coordinator: Mass Audubon
Record observations of Baltimore Orioles and their nests in backyards or favorite open spaces.
When: May 15-July 31
Contact: (781) 259-2161

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Bill deformities

Report a Bird with a Deformed Beak
Coordinator: USGS Alaska Science Center
Report a bird with a deformed beak or a banded bird.
When: Year-round
Contact: GS-AK_Beak_Deformity@usgs.gov

Report a Bird with a Deformed Beak
Coordinator: Rouge River Bird Observatory
Report passerines with bill deformities (primarily crossed or overgrown bills).
When: Year-round
Contact: jac@rrbo.org

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Bird-monitoring projects

Bird Conservation Network Survey
Coordinator: Chicago-area Bird Conservation Network
Conduct five-minute point counts of breeding birds in the natural areas of the Chicago region and enter data on ebird.org/content/bcn.
When: Two breeding-season visits (June) mandatory, other visits optional
Contact: Lee Ramsey, (847) 501-4683, leeramsey@comcast.net; Judy Pollock, (847) 328-1250, jpollock@audubon.org

Birds in Forested Landscapes
Coordinator: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Choose a study species, select survey points in forest patches of different sizes, visit each point twice during the breeding season, look for evidence of breeding success, and record characteristics about your study site.
When: Breeding season
Contact: (607) 254-2413 (Jim), forest_birds@cornell.edu

C&O Canal Midwinter Bird Survey
Coordinator: Audubon Society of the District of Columbia
Survey a two- to five-mile section of the C&O Canal, tallying species, then send sightings reports electronically or by mail.
When: Third or fourth Saturday in January
Contact: canalcount@gmail.com

Carden Alvar Birding Blitz
Coordinator: Toronto Ornithological Club
In teams, perform two two-minute point counts separated by a two-minute interval on the Cameron Ranch and Windmill Ranch in the Carden Alvar, Ontario.
When: Last Saturday in May and second Saturday in June
Contact: Wendy Cridland, (800) 249-9598 x202

Christmas Bird Count
Coordinator: National Audubon Society; Canadian Partner Bird Studies Canada
Follow a specified route through a designated 15-mile (24-km) diameter circle and count every bird seen or heard in one calendar day.
When: December 14-January 5
Contact: U.S.: cbcadmin@audubon.org. Canada: dcannings@bsc-eoc.org.

Coordinator: Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society; Canadian Partner Bird Studies Canada
Record bird sightings in a real-time, online checklist program.
When: Year-round
Contact: U.S.: eBird@cornell.edu. Canada: dcannings@bsc-eoc.org.

Fairbanks FeederCount
Coordinator: Alaska Bird Observatory
Record the maximum number of each species that visits your feeder in Fairbanks on three days in winter.
When: November, December, and March
Contact: (907) 451-7159

Garden Birdwatch
Coordinator: British Trust for Ornithology
Collect information about the birds using your garden across Britain and Ireland and report it weekly throughout the year.
When: Year-round
Contact: gbw@bto.org

Great Backyard Bird Count
Coordinator: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon Society; Canadian Partner Bird Studies Canada
Count birds for at least 15 minutes anywhere during a four-day period and report your total using an online checklist.
When: February 12-15, 2010
Contact: U.S.: citizenscience@audubon.org. Canada: gbbc@bsc-eoc.org.

Milwaukee County Avian Migration Monitoring Partnership
Coordinator: Urban Ecology Center, Milwaukee, WI
During migration, help conduct transect counts, assist with banding operations, analyze vegetation, and record data in Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.
When: Spring
Contact: William P. Mueller, (414) 643-7279, iltlawas@earthlink.net

Mountain Birdwatch
Coordinator: Vermont Center for Ecostudies
Adopt a mountain for long-term monitoring of Bicknell’s Thrush and other mountain songbirds.
When: June
Contact: Julie Hart, Dan Lambert, mbw@vtecostudies.org

Nicolet National Forest Bird Survey
Coordinator: Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Working in small groups, record all birds seen and heard from a single point during a 10-minute period in the longest-running volunteer bird-monitoring program in a U.S. national forest.
When: Second weekend in June
Contact: Robert Howe, hower@uwgb.edu

North American Breeding Bird Survey
Coordinator: U.S. Geological Survey’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and Canadian Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Research Center
Conduct three-minute point counts of breeding birds along randomly established 24.5-mile-long roadside routes throughout North America.
When: Breeding season (June)
Contact: US: Keith Pardieck, (301) 497-5843, kpardieck@usgs.gov. Canada: Connie Downes, (613) 998-0490.

Northwest Territories/Nunavut Bird Checklist Survey
Coordinator: Environment Canada Canadian Wildlife Service
Record data on a standard form from one location for one calendar day anywhere you would go birding. Time commitment equals the time you spend birding plus time filling out a form.
When: Year-round
Contact: (867) 669-4771, NWTChecklist@ec.gc.ca

Project FeederWatch
Coordinator: Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Bird Studies Canada
Count birds you see at feeders in North America from November and April and send tallies to Project FeederWatch.
When: November 14, 2009-April 9, 2010
Contact: US: (607) 254-2427, feederwatch@cornell.edu. Canada: (519) 586-3531, pfw@bsc-eoc.org.

Tucson Bird Count
Coordinator: University of Arizona
Collect data on the abundance and distribution of bird species from hundreds of sites in and around the Tucson area in the only recurring volunteer-based, citywide, urban bird-monitoring project in the world.
When: April 15 – May 15
Contact: Rachel McCaffrey, rachmcc@email.arizona.edu

Wisconsin Checklist Project
Coordinator: Wisconsin Society for Ornithology and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Record on standardized computer-readable forms all bird species observed during regular birding activities during a single week (Sunday to Saturday) in a single county in Wisconsin.
When: Year-round
Contact: Robert Rolley, (608) 221-6341, Robert.Rolley@dnr.state.wi.us

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Black-billed Magpies

Black-billed Magpies in Alaska
Coordinator: Alaska Bird Observatory
Report observations of Black-billed Magpies in Alaska, including location, date, time, number of magpies, and behavior.
When: Year-round
Contact: (907) 451-7159, birds@alaskabird.org

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Cactus Wrens

Orange County Cactus Wren Survey
Coordinator: Sea and Sage Audubon Society, Audubon California’s Starr Ranch Sanctuary, Nature Reserve of Orange County, and the Nature Conservancy
Perform urgently needed surveys and nest monitoring at Audubon’s Starr Ranch Sanctuary, Caspers Wilderness Park, Thomas F. Riley Park, and Nature Reserve of Orange County (NROC) properties.
When: Begins March 2010
Contact: Sandy DeSimone, (949) 858-0309, sdesimone@audubon.org. Scott Thomas, (949) 261-7962, redtail1@cox.net.

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California Condors

Nest Monitoring Program
Coordinator: Santa Barbara Zoo
Work with zoo and USFWS staff to keep a dawn-to-dusk, seven-day-a-week watch on wild condor nests in the Hopper Mountain National Wildlife Refuge Complex.
When: Breeding season
Contact: Estelle Sandhaus, (805) 962-5339 x138, esandhaus@sbzoo.org

Report a California Condor Sighting
Coordinator: Zoological Society of San Diego
Report and describe sightings of California Condors.
When: Year-round

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Colonial birds

Coordinator: Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
Monitor Eared, Western, and Clark’s Grebes, American White Pelicans, Franklin’s Gulls, and other colonial waterbirds in Colorado and gather information about colony size and locations.
Contact: Jason Beason, (970) 527-4625, jason.beason@rmbo.org

Project ColonyWatch
Coordinator: Audubon of Florida
Train to become a local “warden” and advocate for a nesting colony in Florida.
Contact: Ann Paul, (813) 623-682

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Common Loons

Adirondack Annual Loon Census
Coordinator: Wildlife Conservation Society’s Adirondack Program
Select a lake and survey it for Common Loons to help provide a better understanding of the status and trends in the Adirondack summering loon population.
When: Third Saturday in July
Contact: Adirondack Program, (518) 891-8872 x107, adkloon@wcs.org

Canadian Lakes Loon Survey
Coordinator: Bird Studies Canada
Watch for pairs of loons, look for newly hatched chicks, and record the number of chicks that survive the summer (Canada).
When: June, July, August
Contact: Kathy Jones, (519) 586-3531, aqsurvey@bsc-eoc.org

Common Loon Citizen Science Project
Coordinator: Crown of the Continent Research Learning Center, Glacier National Park
Monitor potential loon lakes in Glacier National Park throughout the entire nesting season.
When: Breeding season
Contact: Melissa Peterson, (406) 888-7986, melissa_peterson@partner.nps.gov

Loon Rangers
Coordinator: Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, Northland College
Monitor loons on Wisconsin lakes and discuss loon protection and habitat conservation with neighbors.
When: From ice out to ice on.
Contact: loonwatch@northland.edu

Minnesota Loon Monitoring Program
Coordinator: Minnesota DNR
Visit one of 600 lakes on a morning in a 10-day period in early July, count adults and juveniles seen, and report findings.
When: Early July
Contact: Becker or Otter Tail Co.: Katie Haws, (218) 308-2641,katie.haws@state.mn.us. Cook, Lake, or Itasca Co.: Gaea Crozier, (218) 999-7808,gaea.crozier@state.mn.us. Aitkin or Crow Wing Co.: Pam Perry, (218) 828-2228,pam.perry@state.mn.us. Kandiyohi Co.: Dorie Tess, (507) 359-6036,dorie.tess@state.mn.us.

Vermont Loon Recovery Project
Coordinator: Vermont Center for Ecostudies
Survey a lake in Vermont (or two or three) for one hour on the third Saturday of July, or monitor a specific lake from mid-May through August.
When: Third Saturday of July or mid-May through August
Contact: Eric Hanson, (802) 586-8064, ehanson@vtecostudies.org

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Florida Scrub-Jays

Lake Wales Ridge Jay Watch
Coordinator: Nature Conservancy in Florida
Attend training sessions in the spring to learn about scrub-jays, their habitat, and protocols for observing and tracking them, then count them on conservation sites.
When: Mid-June to mid-July
Contact: Cheryl Millett, (863) 635-7506, cmillett@tnc.org

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Golden Eagles

Wintering Golden Eagle Survey
Coordinator: National Eagle Center, Wabasha
Look for Golden Eagles wintering in southeast Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and northeast Iowa.
When: Third Saturday in January
Contact: Scott A. Mehus, (651) 565-4989 x101, Scott@nationaleaglecenter.org

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Golden-winged Warblers

Golden-winged Warbler Atlas Project
Coordinator: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Survey and conduct point counts at known and potential breeding sites of Golden-winged Warblers from May through July.
When: May 15-June 20
Contact: Sara Barker, (607) 254-2465, forest_birds@cornell.edu

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Grassland birds

Grassland Bird Surveys
Coordinator: New Jersey Audubon Society
Look for grassland birds along established routes and in managed grasslands and collect data on bird abundance and habitat characteristics to evaluate the success of landowner incentive programs.
When: May 15-May 31 and June 1-June 15
Contact: Nellie Tsipoura, nellie.tsipoura@njaudubon.org

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Foraging Harbor Heron Surveys
Coordinator: New Jersey Audubon Society
Count long-legged colonial waterbirds at various sites and habitats in the New Jersey Meadowlands and at Raritan Bay and identify areas used as foraging grounds.
When: June 1-October 31
Contact: Nellie Tsipoura, nellie.tsipoura@njaudubon.org

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Great Lakes HummerNet
Coordinator: Allen Chartier
Keep track of the first and last dates that you see hummingbirds at your feeders, count the highest number of hummingbirds that you see at one time, and report nesting activity and vagrant or out-of-season hummingbirds.
When: April-October
Contact: Allen Chartier, amazilia1@comcast.net

Ontario Hummingbird Project
Coordinator: Cindy Cartwright
Keep track of the first and last dates that you see hummingbirds at your feeders, count the highest number of hummingbirds that you see at one time, and report nesting activity and vagrant or out-of-season hummingbirds.
When: April-October
Contact: Cindy Cartwright, 581 High Street, Box 1116, Southampton, Ontario, Canada N0H 2L0

Operation Rubythroat
Coordinator: Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History
Observe Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and share information with peers across North and Central America.
When: Year-round
Contact: Bill Hilton Jr., (803) 684-5852, hilton@rubythroat.org

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Important Bird Areas

Arizona Important Bird Area Program
Coordinator: Arizona Audubon and Tucson Audubon Society
Collect bird data at remote sites or special sites that are not accessible to the public.
Contact: Scott Wilbor, (520) 628-1730

Canada’s Important Bird Areas Program

Coordinator: Bird Studies Canada, Nature Canada
Conduct monitoring, stewardship, and education activities as a member of the Important Bird Areas Caretaker Network.
Contact: Bird Studies Canada, (888) 448-2473, iba@birdscanada.org; Nature Canada, (800) 267-4088, iba@naturecanada.ca.

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Kirtland’s Warblers

Kirtland’s Warbler Census in Wisconsin
Coordinator: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wisconsin DNR
Walk sites in Wisconsin stopping every 250 m to listen for singing male Kirtland’s Warblers and report warblers seen or heard.
When: June 6-15
Contact: Kim Grveles, (608) 266-0822, kim.grveles@wisconsin.gov. Joel A. Trick, (920) 866-1737, joel_trick@fws.gov.

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Long-billed Curlews

Long-billed Curlew Volunteer Project
Coordinator: PRBO Conservation Science
Identify areas where migrating and wintering Long-billed Curlews occur in California’s Central Valley, Imperial Valley, and Carrizo Plain, and count curlews from roads in predetermined areas.
When: Fall and winter
Contact: Dave Shuford, (415) 868-0371, dshuford@prbo.org

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Mangrove birds

Conserving Birds in the Florida Mangroves
Coordinator: Broward County Audubon Society, Ecostudies Institute
Collect data on the abundance, distribution, and habitat use of birds in Florida’s remaining mangroves.
Contact: Gary Slater, glslater@ecoinst.org. John Lloyd, jlloyd@ecoinst.org.

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Marsh birds

Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program

Coordinator: Bird Studies Canada
Participants in Ontario and U.S. Great Lakes states are assigned routes in marshes to track the presence and abundance of marsh birds and amphibians.
When: Spring and summer
Contact: Kathy Jones, (888) 448-2473, aqsurvey@bsc-eoc.org 

Prairie & Parkland Marsh Monitoring Program
Coordinator: Bird Studies Canada
Participants in Canada’s Prairie provinces are assigned routes in marshes to track the presence and abundance of marsh birds and amphibians.
When: Spring and summer
Contact: (306) 249-2894, prairieprograms@bsc-eoc.org

Québec Marsh Monitoring Program

Coordinator: Bird Studies Canada
Participants in Québec are assigned routes in marshes to track the presence and abundance of marsh birds and amphibians.
When: Spring and summer
Contact: Andrew Coughlan, (866) 518-0212, acoughlan@bsc-eoc.org 

Wisconsin Marshbird Survey
Coordinator: Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative
Broadcast calls and record rails, bitterns, coots, grebes, and other marshbirds detected at 5-10 survey points along a predetermined route at dawn or dusk in a Wisconsin wetland.
When: May and June
Contact: Ryan Brady, (715) 685-2933, ryan.brady@wisconsin.gov

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Coastal Forest Merlin Project
Coordinator: Merlin Falcon Foundation
Report sightings of Merlins in Washington and British Columbia.
When: Year-round
Contact: David Drummond, (360) 671-3804, merlinology@hotmail.com

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Nest-monitoring projects

Neighborhood Nestwatch
Coordinator: Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
Work with scientists to find and monitor nests in urban, suburban, and rural backyards, and record and report your observations.
When: Breeding season

Coordinator: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Collect information about nest-site location, habitat, species, and number of eggs, young, and fledglings and submit them to an online database.
When: From nest building to fledging

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Mass Audubon Whip-poor-will Project
Coordinator: Mass Audubon
Help study the distribution, populations, and breeding activities of Whip-poor-wills in Massachusetts by reporting locations of birds heard singing at night.
When: April-September
Contact: whip-poor-wills@massaudubon.org

Northeast Nightjar Survey
Coordinator: New Hampshire Audubon, Bird Studies Canada, and NatureCounts
Count all nightjars seen and heard along roadside census routes during specific lunar conditions.
When: early May and mid-July

United States Nightjar Survey
Coordinator: Center for Conservation Biology
Count all nightjars seen or heard during a six-minute period along a predetermined nine-mile driving route at night, when the moon is equal or greater than 50% illuminated and above the horizon.
When: May 31-June 15; June 29-July 15
Contact: Michael Wilson, (757) 221-1649, mdwils@wm.edu

Wisconsin Nightjar Survey
Coordinator: Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative
Record Whip-poor-wills and Common Nighthawks heard singing during six-minute stops along roadside survey routes.
When: May-June
Contact: Ryan Brady, (715) 685-2933, ryan.brady@wisconsin.gov

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Nocturnal Owl Surveys
Coordinator: Bird Studies Canada
Listen for calling owls along a predetermined route consisting of a minimum number of evenly spaced stations (Canada).
When: When vocal activity of the majority of species is greatest
Contact: Jody Allair, (888) 448-2473, raptor@bsc-eoc.org

Western Great Lakes Owl Survey
Coordinator: Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative
Record all owls detected during a five-minute listening period at each station during roadside survey.
When: April 1-15
Contact: Ryan Brady, (715) 685-2933, ryan.brady@wisconsin.gov

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Pacific Golden-Plovers

Kolea Watch
Coordinator: Hawaii Nature Center, Honolulu, HI
Count and report Kolea (Pacific Golden-Plover) in the same place and time each day when the birds are getting ready to leave Hawaii for their breeding grounds in Alaska.
When: April
Contact: koleabird@hotmail.com

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Painted Buntings

Painted Bunting Observer Team
Coordinator: University of North Carolina Wilmington
Record sightings of Painted Buntings at backyard bird feeders and in designated private or protected areas.
When: Year-round
Contact: Leah Fuller, pbot.mns@ncmail.net

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North American Bird Phenology Program
National Phenology Network
Coordinator: USA National Phenology Network
Enter bird arrival dates recorded on millions of migration observer cards into a computer database to show how climate change is affecting bird migration.
When: Year-round
Contact: Jessica Zelt, (301) 497-5745, jzelt@usgs.gov

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Piping Plovers

Nova Scotia Piping Plover Conservation Program
Coordinator: Bird Studies Canada
Patrol beaches across Nova Scotia to assist with beach clean-ups, beach education, plover protection, and data collection (numbers of eggs hatched and chicks fledged).
When: Spring
Contact: nsplovers@gmail.com

Piping Plover and Least Tern Recovery Project
Coordinator: Maine Audubon
Walk local beaches, monitor plover and tern nests, watch chicks grow and learn to fly, and educate other beachgoers.
When: April
Contact: (207) 781-2330 x272, plovertern@maineaudubon.org

Piping Plover Survival Network Survey
Coordinator: Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
At least once a month, survey one or more beaches inhabited by wintering Piping Plovers (NC to the Yucatan Peninsula) and report data on banded and unbanded plovers.
When: Between August and April
Contact: Daniel H. Catlin, (540) 231-1692, plover@exchange.vt.edu

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Purple Martins

Colony Registration Program
Coordinator: Purple Martin Conservation Association
Report the location of active and inactive Purple Martin colony sites.
Contact: (814) 833-2451, info@purplemartin.org

Project MartinWatch
Coordinator: Purple Martin Conservation Association
Check nests in your Purple Martin housing every 5-7 days, all season long, and record the contents of each nesting cavity.
When: When nest building begins
Contact: (814) 833-2451, info@purplemartin.org

Scout Arrival Study
Coordinator: Purple Martin Conservation Association
Report the date that Purple Martins were first seen in your community.
Contact: (814) 833-2451, info@purplemartin.org

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Red-headed Woodpeckers

Red-headed Woodpecker Recovery Project
Coordinator: Audubon Chapter of Minneapolis
Report clusters, or concentrations, of nesting Red-headed Woodpeckers in Minnesota.
When: Breeding season
Contact: Chet Meyers, (612) 374-5581, chetmeyers@visi.com

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Rock Pigeons

Project PigeonWatch
Coordinator: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Count pigeons and record colors of courting pigeons in neighborhood pigeon flocks.
When: Year-round
Contact: (607) 254-2123, pigeonwatch@cornell.edu

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Roseate Spoonbills

Report a Spoonbill Sighting
Coordinator: Audubon of Florida, Tavernier Science Center
Report sightings of banded Roseate Spoonbills in Florida to help illuminate dispersal from natal colonies and determine age at maturity, longevity, and other life metrics.
When: Year-round
Contact: (305) 852-5318

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Rusty Blackbirds

Rusty Blackbird Blitz
Coordinator: Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
Search for Rusty Blackbirds (particularly flocks or concentrations) in any potentially suitable locations or habitats in states known to compose the bird’s winter range.
When: January 30-February 15, 2010

Wintering Rusty Blackbirds in Alaska
Coordinator: Alaska Bird Observatory
Report date, time, and location of Rusty Blackbirds in Alaska in winter, as well as how many birds you see and if any of them are banded.
When: Winter
Contact: (907) 451-7159, birds@alaskabird.org

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Sandhill Cranes

Annual Midwest Crane Count
Coordinator: International Crane Foundation
Count cranes with more than 3,000 other volunteers to help the ICF monitor the abundance and distribution of cranes in the Upper Midwest.
When: April 17, 2010 (5:30-7:30 am CDT)
Contact: (608) 356-9462 x142, cranecount@savingcranes.org

Report a banded Sandhill Crane
Coordinator: International Crane Foundation
Report sightings of Sandhill Cranes wearing colored leg bands.
When: Year-round
Contact: Anne Lacy, International Crane Foundation Field Ecology Department
608-356-9462 ext. 146 (leave message), anne@savingcranes.org

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Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST)
Coordinator: University of Washington, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences
Attend a six-hour COASST training session, then survey a beach of your choice in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, or Hawaii every month.
When: Year-round
Contact: (206) 221-6893, info@coasst.org

Puget Sound Seabird Survey
Coordinator: Seattle Audubon Society
Gather data on wintering seabird populations in Puget Sound
When: First Saturday of each month, October through April
Contact: Adam Sedgley, (206) 523-8243 x21, adams@seattleaudubon.org

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Coastal California Shorebird Census
Coordinator: PRBO Conservation Science
Count shorebirds at major coastal California estuaries, such as San Francisco Bay, Morro Bay, Elkhorn Slough, Los Angeles River, Tomales Bay, and Bodega Harbor.
When: Fall
Contact: (707) 781-2555, prbo@prbo.org

Florida Beach-Nesting Birds
Coordinator: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Count and report pre-nesting adults and nests of shorebirds and seabirds that nest on Florida’s beaches.
When: February 1-October 1 (May 15-31 for colonial nesting seabirds, June 1-7 for Black Skimmers)
Contact: Chris Burney, (863) 648-3200, chris.burney@myfwc.com

International Shorebird Surveys
Coordinator: Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences
Count and monitor shorebirds at sites in the northeast, southeast, and in the Lower Great Lakes/St. Lawrence River Valley. Report data via eBird.
When: March 15-June 15 and July 15-October 25
Contact: bharrington@manomet.org

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Monitoring Project
Coordinator: Kachemak Bay Birders
Identify and count migrating shorebirds at Homer Spit, Beluga Slough/Lake, and the islands and islets at the mouth of Kachemak Bay, Alaska.
When: May 1, 4, 7, 10, and 13, 2010
Contact: George Matz, geomatz@alaska.net

Least Tern and Snowy Plover Project
Coordinator: Sea and Sage Audubon Society
Serve as a volunteer docent at Huntington State Beach. Be a positive educator to the public and a protector of the birds and their nesting area.
When: May-July / CK
Contact: Cheryl Egger, (714) 842-9232, dc.egger@verizon.net

PRIDE – Santa Ynez River Estuary Shorebird Monitoring
Coordinator: PRBO Conservation Science
Survey shorebirds at the Lower Santa Ynez River in Santa Barbara County, California.
When: Twice a month from August to May
Contact: Tamarah, bima55@msn.com

Spring and Fall Shorebird Survey
Coordinator: New Jersey Audubon Society
Survey beaches and count shorebirds in Cape May County and in the Meadowlands.
When: May 1-June 7, and July 15-October 30
Contact: Nellie Tsipoura, nellie.tsipoura@njaudubon.org

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Swallow-tailed Kites

Report a Swallow-tailed Kite
Coordinator: Center for Birds of Prey, Charleston, South Carolina
Report where and when you see a Swallow-tailed Kite and describe its behavior.
Contact: (866) 971-7474 (STKI Hotline), info@thecenterforbirdsofprey.org

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A Swift Night Out
Coordinator: Driftwood Wildlife Association
Locate and describe the communal roosts that swifts form before they migrate in each fall.
When: August 7, 8, 9; and September 11, 12, 13
Contact: DWA@austin.rr.com

North American Chimney Swift Nest Site Research Project
Coordinator: Driftwood Wildlife Association
Monitor Chimney Swift nest and roost sites and develop and test small, manageable towers that can be installed by homeowners.
When: Late March-November
Contact: DWA@austin.rr.com

Ontario SwiftWatch
Coordinator: Bird Studies Canada
Volunteers gather information on Chimney Swift abundance, distribution, behaviour, and habitats across Ontario.
When: Summer and fall
Contact: Elisabeth van Stam, (888) 448-2473 x173, evanstam@bsc-eoc.org 

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Tricolored Blackbirds

Report a banded Tricolored Blackbird
Coordinator: University of California, Davis
Report where and when you see a Tricolored Blackbird, including the band colors on each leg.
When: Year-round

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Trumpeter Swans

Trumpeter Swan Sightings
Coordinator: Minnesota DNR
Report date, time, and location of sightings of Trumpeter Swans, along with the color of wing tags, collar, or any other markers, to the DNR Nongame Wildlife Program.
When: Year-round
Contact: Liz Harper, elizabeth.harper@dnr.state.mn.us

Trumpeter Watch
Coordinator: Trumpeter Swan Society
Report any first observation of a Trumpeter Swan at a new location in 17 states on or south of the 40th Parallel, then check on the location regularly throughout the winter to observe the duration and patterns of use.
When: Nov 1, 2009-May 1, 2010
Contact: Peg Abbott, trumpeterwatch@trumpeterswansociety.org

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Urban birds

Celebrate Urban Birds
Coordinator: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Watch and listen for 16 species of birds for 10 minutes in an urban area and then report your observations.
When: Year-round
Contact: (607) 254-2455, urbanbirds@cornell.edu

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Spring Warbler Survey
Coordinator: Toronto Ornithological Club
Pick a small area of woodland and spend one hour each morning walking through it, counting and listing the species observed.
When: May 1-June 5
Contact: info@torontobirding.ca

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Mid-Winter Waterfowl Inventory
Coordinator: Toronto Ornithological Club
Search for and count waterfowl along the Canadian shoreline of Lake Ontario.
When: January
Contact: info@torontobirding.ca

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Whooping Cranes

Report a Whooping Crane Sighting
Coordinator: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Report details of sightings of Whooping Cranes in Florida.
When: Year-round
Contact: whoopingcrane@MyFWC.com

Report a Whooping Crane Sighting (Eastern U.S.)
Coordinator: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Midwest Region
Report sightings of Whooping Cranes in the eastern United States.
When: Year-round

Report a Whooping Crane Sighting (Western U.S.)
Coordinator: Whooping Crane Conservation Association
Report sightings of Whooping Cranes in the western United States to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the Canadian Wildlife Service.
When: Year-round
Contact: US: Martha Tacha, martha_tacha@fws.gov. Canada: Brian Johns, (306) 975-4109, brian.johns@ec.gc.ca.

Whooper Watch
Coordinator: The Crane Trust
Attend a training session at the Crane Trust office in Wood River and then report sightings of Whooping Cranes in Nebraska.
When: Last two weeks of March through April
Contact: Whooper Watch Line, (888) 399-2824

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Wild Turkeys

Summer Wild Turkey Sighting Survey
Coordinator: New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Record the sex and age composition of flocks of Wild Turkeys observed during normal travel in New York.
When: August
Contact: (518) 402-8883, fwwildlf@gw.dec.state.ny.us

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Window-collision monitoring

Chicago Bird Collision Monitors
Coordinator: Chicago Audubon Society
Rescue birds injured from striking buildings, educate the public, and work with building managers and architects.
When: Mid-March to mid-June and mid-August to mid-November
Contact: (773) 988-1867, info@birdmonitors.net

Fatal Light Awareness Program
Coordinator: Fatal Light Awareness Program
Rescue birds injured from striking buildings in Toronto and drive them to a rehabilitation center.
When: Any time, year-round
Contact: (416) 366-FLAP, flap@flap.org

Wisconsin Night Guardians for Song Birds
Coordinator: Wisconsin Humane Society
Rescue, collect, and report songbirds that strike windows in Milwaukee.
When: May 1-31 and September 1-October 31
Contact: (414) 431-6204

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Yellow-billed Magpies

Magpie Monitor
Coordinator: University of California, Davis
Count Yellow-billed Magpies and identify roost and nest locations in California’s Great Central Valley and parts of the central Coast Ranges.
When: Year-round
Contact: magpie-mail@magpiemonitor.org

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