The Mid-Atlantic Network Inventory and Monitoring Program is seeking highly-skilled birders to join our Bird Monitoring Program. As a Bird Monitoring Volunteer, you will conduct point-counts at pre-selected sites within Mid-Atlantic Network parks. Surveys will be conducted at Booker T. Washington NM, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania NMP, Petersburg NB, Richmond NBP, and Valley Forge NHP.
By volunteering, you can integrate your birding hobby with scientific research, be part of a monitoring program that helps manage our parks for the enjoyment of future generations, and contribute to a regional initiative that will increase our understanding of the status of bird populations in our national parks. For more information on the monitoring program see our Breeding Bird Monitoring webpage.
- Improve your bird identification skills.
- Learn from and network with birders in our area.
- Learn GPS, map reading, and data collection skills.
- Take an active role to assist the NPS in its mission to preserve and protect both cultural and natural resources.
- Increase your appreciation for the significance of natural resources at your National Parks.
- Will be conducted between May 25 - July 15.
- Volunteers will record general survey information (e.g. site name, time, weather, etc.).
- Volunteers will record all birds seen and heard within a 10-minute period.
- Approximately 3-4 hour mandatory training covering:
- Project overview
- Survey procedures
- GPS and compass use
- Number of counts will depend on interest and availability of volunteers.
- Estimated 30 minutes per point to get there, collect basic data, and conduct a 10-minute point count.
- Point counts will be conducted between sunrise and 5 hours after.
Who to Contact
Booker T. Washington NM: Timbo Sims
Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania NMP: Mark Johnson
Petersburg NB: Tim Blumenschine
Richmond NBP: Kristen Allen
Valley Forge NHP: Kate Jensen