The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the field season for Mountain Birdwatch is underway for the month of June, and is seeking volunteers. This project, headed up by Jason Hill with Vermont Center for Ecostudies, is carried out on mountaintops across the northeast and involves point count surveys for 10 target alpine bird species.
DEC uses the data obtained from this project to monitor these populations in New York. With this data, DEC can see how these species are reacting to human impacts, such as habitat loss and climate change.
This is a volunteer-based survey effort, and there are still several New York routes remaining to be picked up for this year’s surveys. Anyone can participate — no prior birding experience is necessary, and all survey and training materials needed are available on the website. If you have an interest in participating, consider covering one of these remaining routes this season.
For more information, visit the Mountain Birdwatch webpage, or email Jason Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo of birdwatcher courtesy Vermont Center for Ecostudies.