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Citizen Science Opportunities

Enjoy observing nature? Want to get involved?

These are just some of the ways you can share your observations, and contribute to conservation efforts around the region and across North America:

OHA Myers Creek Bird Survey
   Myers Creek bird survey

OHA's first annual
 Myers Creek Bird Survey was held in 2011 at the Myers Creek Mitigation site, North of Chesaw, in Okanogan County. The survey is held each May/June, utilizing a point count method with timed observations at each station. Contact if you are interested in being involved.
Explore! Learn! Record!, where you can record what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers, and learn about the natural world.

Black-and-White Warbler Nestlings  Photo © Peter W. Wendelken
Black-and-White Warbler Nestlings
Photo © Peter W. Wendelken
"Help measure nature's success -- nests, clutches, broods, and fledglings"
For over a decade people like you have helped scientists by collecting valuable data on the successes and failures of nesting birds.

"Our database is intended to be used to study the current condition of breeding bird populations and how they may be changing over time as a result of climate change, habitat degradation and loss, expansion of urban areas, and the introduction of non-native plants and animals."

(Cornell Lab of Ornithology, nationwide monitoring program)
Nature Mapping Foundation
NatureMapping links schools, communities and scientists. Its 
mission is to protect biodiversity through data collection and dissemination. NatureMapping can be done by anyone willing to take the time to learn about wildlife identification and able to spend time outdoors recording what they see. Students, teachers, retired people, business groups, bird watchers, outdoor enthusiasts and community activists have all participated in the NatureMapping Program.
North American Breeding Bird Survey

North American Breeding Bird Survey
The BBS is a cooperative effort between the U.S. Geological Survey's Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and Environment Canada's Canadian Wildlife Service to monitor the status and trends of North American bird populations. Following a rigorous protocol, BBS data are collected by thousands of dedicated participants along thousands of randomly established roadside routes throughout the continent. Professional BBS coordinators and data managers work closely with researchers and statisticians to compile and deliver these population data and population trend analyses on more than 400 bird species, for use by conservation managers, scientists, and the general public.
Project Feederwatch
Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. FeederWatchers periodically count the birds they see at their feeders from November through early April and send their counts to Project FeederWatch. FeederWatch data help scientists track broadscale movements of winter bird populations and long-term trends in bird distribution and abundance. Anyone interested in birds can participate. FeederWatch is conducted by people of all skill levels and backgrounds, including children, families, individuals, classrooms, retired persons, youth groups, nature centers, and bird clubs. 

Child birding near Molson, WA
 Child observing birds near Molson, WA
Great Backyard Bird Count
February, 13 -16, 2015!

Bird Watchers of all ages count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are. This nationwide effort has been ongoing for 18 years. It will be held this year Friday, February 13, through Monday, February 16, 2015.

Christmas Bird Count
CBC photo


Christmas Bird Count (CBC)

You can add to a century of citizen science data by signing up for a count near you. The 115th Christmas Bird Count concluded on January 5, 2015. Please visit the Audubon CBC website in November of 2015 to sign-up for the 116th Christmas Bird Count. As CBC time approaches you can find out about count dates and contacts by reading the North Central Washington Audubon’s newsletter, the Wild Phlox (typically the information is in the newsletter’s December issue).  

Anyone can participate. There is a specific methodology to the CBC, and all participants must make arrangements to participate in advance with the circle compiler within an established circle. If you are a beginning birder, you will be able to join a group that includes at least one experienced birdwatcher.

Local CBCs held in Bridgeport, Chelan, Leavenworth, Omak/Okanogan, Twisp, Wenatchee
Each held on one day (typically each on different days) within the three-week period from mid-December through the first week of January. On the count day, participants count birds within a fifteen-mile diameter circle.

The first CBC was held in New York City in 1900, and now constitutes the largest ongoing animal census effort in North America with over 2400 counts and over 50,000 participants in 2013-2014 in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America, and Pacific Islands.

Photo by Denny Granstrand
Sagebrush Sparrow photo by Denny Granstrand

astern Washington Shrub Steppe Songbird Survey 
Audubon Washington and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are partnering with eastern Washington chapters for a long-term project to count sagebrush songbirds on Columbia Plateau public lands.
This effort focuses on areas in the Columbia Plateau region. Training will be offered in March-April and surveys will be held in April-June... Read more (excerpt from the Dec 2014 issue of the North Central WA Audubon Society's newsletter, the Wild Phlox) 

More info:

Bald Eagle photo by Teri Pieper
  Bald Eagle photo by Teri Pieper

eBird Northwest 
provides online tools for identifying birds, reporting their sightings, and contributing to conservation efforts throughout the region... Continue reading (excerpt from the Dec 2014 issue of the North Central WA Audubon Society's newsletter, the Wild Phlox) 
Dusky Grouse and Yellow-Bellied Marmot photo by Julie Ashmore
Dusky Grouse and Yellow-Bellied Marmot photo by Julie Ashmore

Grouse Lek Monitoring

Cooperative program between Spokane Audubon and WDFW. Sharp-tailed grouse monitoring in March-May. Locations in Douglas, Lincoln and Okanogan counties.
More info:
  Ecological Integrity Monitoring
Ongoing program conducted by WDFW at Sinlahekin Wildlife Area in Okanogan County and Swanson Lakes Wildlife Area in Lincoln County.
More info:

Thank you to Art Campbell and Teri Pieper of the NCW Audubon Society for sharing information about these opportunities.