VH – Climate Watch Bird Survey from Audubon
January 15 - February 15
Want to use your birding skills to advance our understanding of climate change’s impact on birds? Then Climate Watch is for you. This is a scientific effort, so following the protocol precisely is important. While you can participate alone, Audubon has recruited a network of Climate Watch Coordinators to help participants get the technical details right, including the selection of a survey plot and sharing results with Audubon’s climate scientists. Get information on our area Coordinator below.
Event: Climate Watch from Audubon
Dates: Climate Watch takes place during winter (January 15-February 15) and summer (May 15-June 15) each year. Participants are free to conduct their surveys on any one day during these time windows.
Time Commitment: Volunteers generally can complete one survey square in two to four hours (12 five-minute point counts per square) on one morning. Surveys should be started in the morning and completed before noon, or if weather is an obstacle, started in the afternoon and completed before sunset.
Description: This innovative community-science program enlists volunteer birders across North America to survey for one of our twelve target species in the same place (or places) twice each year. By sticking to a scientific protocol and sharing their results, these community scientists help track whether birds are moving in accordance with projections from Audubon’s climate models.
Work Plan: Climate Watch participants do not need to be expert birders but should know how identify target species by sight and sound or be interested in learning to do so.
Audubon has recruited a network of Climate Watch Coordinators to help participants get the technical details right. The Climate Watch Coordinator in our area (Wylie) is Michael J. Cameron, Prairie and Timers Audubon Society (PTAS) – firstname.lastname@example.org
If there is no coordinator nearby, you can still participate on your own by reading through the materials and planning your surveys with the Audubon Climate Watch online tools. Click here to learn more about the scientific protocol.
Dress: Routine dress code for activity in the field: Long-pants, boots/close-toed shoes; long-sleeved shirts are recommended. Master Naturalists should wear their name badges.
Contact: Michael J. Cameron, Prairie and Timers Audubon Society (PTAS) – email@example.com
Logging VH: Approved for VH. Volunteers can log their hours at BPTMN: Bird/Wildlife/Insect/Plant or Other Surveys. In the description box they need to put: “Climate Watch Bird Survey from Audubon.”
Links for more information: https://www.audubon.org/news/how-join-climate-watch-community-science-program-audubon
BPTMN Communications Director