Stream Team has arranged for an E-bird class to be taught by Bill Tweit, a long-time WDFW. biologist who is well known as an expert birder. E-bird is an ideal repository for the collected data. If you are interested, please contact me by email at RWADSRK@nullGmail.com.
(from Mar/April 2017 Echo newsletter, by Bob Wadsworth)
We are looking for a few birders interested in leading other volunteers to record bird species at several Olympia-area city parks. The Olympia Stream Team is undertaking a project to gain a better understanding of the bird species found there and their changes over time. The idea is to start with three or four parks this year and expand in the future. The four parks chosen for a start are Grass Lake off Kaiser Rd. in West Olympia, Taylor Wetlands in Lacey, Black Lake Meadows off R.W. Johnson near the Community College, and LBA Woods near Boulevard and Morse Merriman in southeast Olympia.
Black Hills Audubon would provide leaders who know the birds and who would lead volunteers interested in learning the birds and participating in citizen science. We plan to have three visits to each park—one a month in March, April, and May—to record the winter birds before they leave and the summer migrants as they arrive. Ideally you would be quite familiar with the park you chose so that you could easily lead the way, and could lead all three walks at your chosen park; but if that’s not possible we can arrange for more than one...Read More
Help make a difference for the environment by collecting data for the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team (COASST). COASST is a citizen science project dedicated to involving volunteers in the collection of high quality data. Our goal is to assist government agencies and other organizations in making informed management and conservation decisions, and to promote proactive citizen involvement and action. COASST Marine Debris participants survey local beaches and collect data on the characteristics and location of debris – data that will ultimately be used to map the source and transport pathways of debris, as well as the potential harm to people, wildlife, and local coastal ecosystems. Volunteers need NO prior experience, just a commitment to survey a specific beach (about ¾ mile) each month.
If you are interested in participating, join COASST staff for the training session. There is no charge to attend the training, but plan to provide a $20 refundable deposit if you would like to take home a COASST volunteer kit. Training activities take place indoors. Beach surveys are best conducted in groups of 2 or more – please come with a survey partner in mind or plan to join a team during training.
Saturday, August 20, 2016
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
McMurray Middle School – Multi-Purpose Room
9329 SW Cemetery Rd
Vashon, WA 98070
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Black Hills Audubon Society (BHAS) is excited to again offer two scholarships for bird-banding training this coming spring. The six days of training will be presented at Glacial Heritage Preserve over two long week-ends, likely on May 27-30 and June 4-6, by the Center for Natural Lands Management (CNLM). The cost for training each person is $450; BHAS will provide $400 of the fee for each scholarship recipient, so each participant will have to provide the remaining $50.
DATE CHANGE!! Meet at Shelter #4 and with City of Olympia Parks staff, remove ivy from the park. Some equipment will be available, but please bring clippers or loppers you have. As usual, dress for the weather and wear gloves. No prior paperwork for individuals over 18 is required but sign in when you arrive. All youth under 14 must be supervised by an adult throughout the event. Every pound pulled makes a difference and will help restore native plants to the area.