National Park Volunteer Bird Monitoring Opportunities
NETN is seeking skilled birders to join our Volunteer Breeding Bird Monitoring Program. By volunteering, you’ll be turning your birding hobby into part of a long-term scientific research program that helps the National Park Service better understand the health of bird populations and forested ecosystems. The bird data you collect will be integrated with a regional initiative that will increase our understanding of the status of bird populations across Eastern U.S. national parks. For more information on the monitoring program see our Breeding Landbird Monitoring webpage.
WHAT: Forest Breeding Bird Monitoring
WHERE: A National Park forest near you.
HOW: Conduct a series 10-minute bird surveys at five to ten “point-count” stations along your route.
WHEN: At least one birding trip in late May or June. Must be at first point on route very early in the morning (5:30 AMish)!
Details:Skills Required: Volunteer observers must possess excellent bird identification skills (both visual and aural), and be capable of identifying the majority of songbird species that breed in the park. They must also be capable of hiking on variable terrain, often without trails, and navigating with GPS and/or map and compass.
Time Commitment:Maximum of about 15 total hours between mid-April and mid-August.Surveys take between 3 to 5 hours during on one or two mornings in late May or June (this does not include travel time to and from the park). Surveys are to be conducted during the early morning hours (e.g. arrive at the first point at approximately 5:30 AM). In addition, another 5-10 hours of time may be needed for training/refresher exercises, to transfer data from field forms onto data sheets, and to enter data into an online database.
If this sounds like something of interest to you, contact the Landbird Monitoring Coordinator (email link on bottom of page) for more information.
NETN Breeding Landbird Program - Volunteer MaterialsClick below to view download links to forms and the Volunteer Resource Manual
Northeast Temperate Network Breeding Landbird Monitoring Sites
Last updated: March 19, 2019