Eastern Towhee by Sharlene Allen
Bird Research at Audubon
At Audubon, we understand that birds and habitats are inextricably linked. Our mission has always been to protect birds, other wildlife and the habitats that they rely on. We believe that a healthy landscape is one that is teeming with life.
Unfortunately, climate change, habitat loss and a multitude of other factors are making the job of breeding, migrating and wintering increasingly difficult for our feathered friends. That is why we have spearheaded a new initiative to collect scientific data and better understand the health of our properties across the state. We have instituted a new scientific research program, led by Dr. Charles Clarkson, our new Director of Avian Research, to usher in a new era for the Audubon Society of Rhode Island.
We will focus on the collection of robust data that will enable us to establish a baseline across the Audubon refuge complex, we will form cooperative relationships on the regional scale to ensure that what we do in Rhode Island benefits birds throughout New England, and we will institute monitoring programs to continue data collection for decades to come. We are dedicated to the conservation of our natural resources, particularly our birds.
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Winter Bird Survey
Calling all Birders…it’s winter survey time!
We encourage the participation of all. If you know of someone that would like to contribute to our work and needs a copy of this message in Spanish, please contact the Director of Avian Research: email@example.com
Si necesita transcribir este mensaje en español, comuníquese con el director de investigación aviar en: firstname.lastname@example.org
Not looking forward to the pending winter? Wishing you had something to keep yourself busy during the short, cold days ahead? Well, lucky for you it’s time to get into the field and collect some data! Beginning in January, surveys performed across all Audubon refuges will aid our understanding of how protected land provides essential wintering habitat for birds. Although this will be the inaugural year of survey work the ultimate goal of this research will be to establish a long-term dataset used to determine the status of bird populations and inform management decisions.
Throughout January and February, each refuge listed below will be visited and surveyed in its entirety for birds. Additional information (habitats, foraging activity, weather, etc) will be collected to create a wholistic picture of wintering bird requirements. The dates of each survey are forthcoming.
Types of data collection:
The basic form of data collection will include a full list of all species and total number of individuals encountered during your day in the field. Additional efforts will be spent performing nocturnal surveys (for owls) and foraging flock surveys (timed periods in which you will follow a mixed-species flock and record its location, the tree species used for foraging and foraging technique deployed). Once you sign-up to participate in a survey, you will be given the choice of which form of data collection you would prefer.
Refuges with planned surveys:
Claire D. McIntosh Wildlife Refuge, Bristol
Davis Memorial Wildlife Refuge, North Kingstown
Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge, Tiverton
Fisherville Brook Wildlife Refuge, Exeter
Fort Nature Refuge, North Smithfield
George B. Parker Woodland Wildlife Refuge, Coventry
Lathrop Wildlife Refuge, Westerly
Lewis-Dickens Farm Wildlife Refuge, Block Island
Long Pond Woods, Hopkinton
Maxwell Mays Wildlife Refuge, Coventry
Powder Mill Ledges Wildlife Refuge, Smithfield
Touisset Marsh Wildlife Refuge, Warren
Waterman Pond Wildlife Refuge, Coventry
Caratunk Wildlife Refuge, Seekonk, MA
What to expect:
Although a single refuge will likely take anywhere from a half-day to a full day to survey in its entirety, your level of commitment is up to you! Come participate for an hour or two, or stay for the duration. Whichever you decide, make sure to bring plenty of warm clothing, snacks and hot beverages to keep you toasty while you are in the field. Datasheets will be provided on the morning of each survey.
How to sign-up:
Sign-up today to help out with the survey effort! Send an email to the Director of Avian Research (email@example.com) with your preferred refuge(s) and you will receive further information on the survey protocol and date.
Protection in an Age of Uncertainty
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