Scientists are looking for volunteers in the Sacramento area to help count migratory shorebirds.
The study, led by Petaluma-based PRBO Conservation Science, seeks to understand population changes among shorebirds that spend winter in Northern California, including the Sacramento Valley. Shorebird species are thought to be declining across North America, but little is known about actual population trends.
Volunteers must commit three days to the project: one in training, one scouting an assigned survey location and one day counting shorebirds at that location between Nov. 15 and Dec. 15. They should have their own optics (binoculars and scope), transportation, computer skills and a willingness to follow survey protocols.
Partners in the survey include Audubon California, the Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District, U.S. Geological Survey, and state and federal wildlife agencies.
To volunteer in the Sacramento area, contact Daniela Ogden at (510) 601-1866, ext. 231, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteers are also needed in the Bay Area and along the coast from Monterey to Humboldt County. For more information, go to http://data.prbo.org/apps/pfss/
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