Citizen Science

Citizen science brings together the expertise of the public and scientists in a wonderful and very useful way. Such community-driven investigations engage citizens with their natural world and contribute to the body of knowledge which conservation science is built upon.

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Sampson Creek Preserve Project

Ellie Armstrong birding 72 ppi 6 x 4Klamath Bird Observatory and The Selberg Institute have launched a new citizen science project on the beautiful Sampson Creek Preserve just east of Ashland. The project objective is to inventory and monitor birds using the Preserve’s variety of habitats. Nestled in the rising Cascades foothills above Emigrant Lake, the Preserve includes meadows, oak woodlands, conifer forests, and riparian woodlands along Sampson Creek.
 
The Preserve is a terrific spot for birding and will give the public a unique opportunity to visit and bird in diverse habitats managed for conservation. Participants (Citizen Ornithologists) will have the choice to bird on fairly flat terrain walking less than two miles or, for more adventurous birders, to explore off-trail. Participation will include some walking and/or hiking, recording all birds observed by sight and/or sound, and entering and submitting your findings into eBird Northwest. Guided night expeditions are planned to for owl species surveys. The project’s Citizen Ornithologists will receive training in how to collect data and using eBird. Surveys will be scheduled monthly and continue throughout the year.
 
Klamath Bird Observatory has completed baseline breeding surveys on this property in the past. With this project, we aim to add to the existing knowledge by engaging the power of citizen science to collect robust data throughout the breeding, migratory, and winter seasons.  
 
If you are interested in participating or would like more information click here to contact KBO biologist Ellie Armstrong.
 

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eBird Northwest

Avian Knowledge Northwest is developing eBird Northwest, a regional portal of Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s international eBird program. eBird Northwest will serve as the primary citizen science application of Avian Knowledge Northwest. eBird Northwest will provide content and services to bird‐watching and natural resource management audiences in northern California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia (and possibly Idaho, Nevada, and Montana as well). Our intention is to build broad regional and state partnerships around eBird Northwest to (1) expand participation in eBird and citizen science efforts that can support conservation through informed natural resource management, (2) engage the birding community, (3) provide a news and information service that enhances recreational wildlife viewing and links such recreation with science‐based conservation efforts, and (4) increase the coverage and availability of citizen science data for conservation and education purposes. This new eBird portal will also serve as a host to more specific citizen science projects that can be issue- or habitat-driven (e.g., Birds in Oak Woodlands, or Important Bird Area Monitoring), or geographically-based (e.g., state wildlife monitoring).

Avian Knowledge Northwest is a regional node of the Avian Knowledge Network, a data archive and decision support system that focuses on understanding the patterns and dynamics of bird populations across the Western Hemisphere. The Avian Knowledge Northwest node provides conservation science data and information to users in the northwestern United States. As the primary citizen science application of Avian Knowledge Northwest, eBird Northwest will support efficient engagement with northwestern audiences to advance bird and habitat conservation. In addition eBird Northwest will encourage engagement from specific local and state partners and will provide a portal to attract local and state birding communities to citizen science projects as well as share birding information and news relevant to the local and broader eBird communities.

Klamath Bird Observatory, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and other conservation partners are engaged in collaborative discussions to develop eBird Northwest and to build a broad regional and state partnership around this citizen science application. An eBird Northwest Content Committee is being formed to generate news stories of interest to local and regional audiences in the Northwest. A Citizen Science Committee will also be formed to help partners develop relevant, regional eBird projects to be hosted by eBird Northwest that will address specific objectives to meet local, state, and regional needs and allow users to contribute data according to explicit protocols. This committee will also help to design specific data queries of interest to users in the region.

We are seeking a broad partnership to support and participate in the development and growth of eBird Northwest, to connect users into one of the world’s most significant long‐term science projects, and to make the Pacific Northwest one of the most eBirded regions in the world. For more information contact John Alexander (jda [AT] KlamathBird.org, 541-890-7067) or Eric Gardner (eric.gardner [AT] dfw.wa.gov, 360-902-2510).

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