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Seven citizen-science projects you can join in October

Bald Eagles in Key Vista Park, Pasco County, Florida, by S. Hunter Spenceley.

Make your birdwatching count in October! Below we list seven citizen-science projects that need you. The list is up to date and useful because it’s based on information you sent us. Thanks!Please join in!

View our list of citizen-science projects that take place year-round.

Audubon Florida Eaglewatch

Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, Maitland, Florida
WHEN: October 1-May 15
WHAT: Locate both urban and rural eagle nesting activity in Florida and document successes and failures.
CONTACT: Shawnlei Breeding, [email protected], (407) 644-0190

Bird Research

Urban Ecology Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
WHEN: Year Round, bird banding in Spring and Fall migration
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 protected], (414) 964-8505 x152

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; education, advocacy, and consultation projects for prevention of collision hazards for birds.
CONTACT: Annette Prince, [email protected], (773) 988-1867

Puget Sound Seabird Survey

Seattle Audubon Society
WHEN: First Saturday of each month, October through April
WHAT: Gather data on wintering seabird populations in Puget Sound.
CONTACT: Toby Ross, [email protected], (206) 523-8243

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: Bob Sargent, [email protected],

Whooper Watch

Crane Trust Nature and Visitor Center
WHEN: October-November and late March through mid-April
WHAT: Attend a training session at the Crane Trust office in Wood River and then report sightings of Whooping Cranes in Nebraska.
CONTACT: (308) 224-9653

Neighborhood Bird Project

Seattle Audubon Society
WHEN: Once per month, year-round
WHAT: Gather data on birds found across Seattle and grow an appreciation for urban habitats.
CONTACT: Toby Ross, [email protected], (206) 523-8243


Promote your project!

Help us publish another up-to-date list of citizen-science projects in our February 2015 issue. Send an email to [email protected] 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

View our list of citizen-science projects that take place year-round.

A version of this list appeared in the August 2014 issue of BirdWatching magazine. Subscribe.

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