Eight citizen-science projects you can join in September

8/29/2014 | 0

Long-billed Curlew by Marvin Smith

Long-billed Curlew by Marvin Smith

Below are eight fun and rewarding citizen-science projects taking place in September. 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!

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

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.
WEB: www.chimneyswifts.org/page8.html
CONTACT: Paul Kyle, [email protected], (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.
WEB: vauxhappening.org/Vauxs_Happening_Home.html
CONTACT: Larry Schwitters, [email protected], (425) 392-9161

Bird Research

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.
WEB: urbanecologycenter.org/what-we-do/bird-research.html
CONTACT: Jennifer Callaghan, [email protected], (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.
WEB: www.birdmonitors.net
CONTACT: Annette Prince, [email protected] birdmonitors.net, (773) 988-1867

Milwaukee Biome Project

Milwaukee Biome Project
WHEN: September-October and April-May
WHAT: Measure migratory-period avian and bat use of selected habitats in Wisconsin’s largest urban area.
WEB: milwbiomeproj.wordpress.com
CONTACT: Jennifer Callaghan, [email protected], (414) 964-8505 x152; William P. Mueller, [email protected], (414) 698-9108

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.
WEB: www.lapurisimaaudubon.org/PRIDE.html
CONTACT: [email protected], (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 protected], [email protected], [email protected], (212) 691-7483

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.
WEB: www.georgiawildlife.com/node/1322
CONTACT: Jim Ozier, [email protected]

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.