Field Season at Audubon
By Dr. Charles Clarkson
On 1 January 2022, Audubon began collecting data across its refuge system on the wintering distribution of birds. As we approach the end of the first two weeks of field surveys, data are already rolling in from across our refuge complex. To date, eleven volunteers have surveyed six of our publicly accessible refuges and have detected a total of 41 species and 580 individual birds. Concurrently, 163 point counts are being conducted across our properties and have thus far identified many of the same species as volunteer surveys but have also added Common Raven (Corvus corax), Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) and Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) to the species list. More data are coming in nearly every day. Two online trainings have informed over 60 volunteers of the protocol for data collection and our ranks are growing as more folks sign-on to participate.
I am grateful that so many of you heard the cry and responded with willingness of time and self. We are on track to collect a robust and extremely useful dataset on the winter distribution of birds across Audubon properties. Data that will aid in making management decisions and monitoring change through time. More surveys in the near future will include nocturnal surveys to search for owls, nightjars and woodcock and breeding season surveys. But, for now, we have until the end of February to complete our first round of baseline data collection surveys. Let’s continue this wonderful momentum and if you are not currently participating but would like to, click the button below to join in the fight to save our birds.