Bird Survey

Yellow-rumped warbler. Photo - Erica Fleniken

Yellow-rumped warbler. Photo - Erica Fleniken

Do you enjoy birding? Would you like to be part of a team of volunteers conducting bird surveys at Ulistac?

Since January 2017, we have been conducting a bird survey every two weeks at Ulistac Natural Area. This provides us with valuable information about the different species and number of birds that are found at Ulistac during the year. It will also, hopefully, show an increase in birds as we continue our restoration efforts.

Below is a ‘job description’ to outline what skills and availability a bird survey team volunteer should have:

  • Bird survey volunteers should be able to identify common local birds by sight.

    • At least one member of a team should be quite proficient.

    • Other members should have fairly good familiarity with the local species.

  • Volunteers must be able to walk the circuit of Ulistac (approximately 1 mile) in about 1.5 hours, stopping and standing at each of 6 stations for 5 minute time periods while observing and counting the birds.

  • Volunteers must be willing to commit to one year, visiting Ulistac a maximum of 1 time every 4 weeks. Currently the surveys take place on a Tuesday morning, and are completed before 10:30am. There may be some flexibility on which day the survey is done.

  • Teams will count and record birds at Ulistac following a protocol that has been developed for the survey purposes. Training on the protocol will be provided.

  • Each volunteer will be responsible for notifying the volunteer coordinator and his/her teammates in case of inability to fulfill a commitment on a particular day. At least 24 hours before (more is helpful if possible) so that a replacement can be found and/or the day’s visit can be rescheduled.

  • 1 of the proficient volunteers on each team is designated the ‘Day Leader’ who, in addition to the duties listed above will:

    • Be responsible for obtaining and returning the completed survey data recording form.

    • Mentor other volunteers with respect to identifying birds.

If you are interested in becoming a bird survey volunteer, please complete the form below.

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