Citizen Science

Brown-headed Nuthatch
Brown-headed Nuthatch by Linda Borkowski

You can help bird conservation by participating with other New Hope Audubon members in a number of citizen science projects sponsored both on a local and national level in cooperation with our parent organization, the National Audubon Society, and with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. How does this help? Here is how National Audubon explains it:

“More than a century ago, Audubon pioneered the idea of citizen science with the first Christmas Bird Count. Today the longest-running wildlife census in the hemisphere continues to shape and inform our approach to conservation, providing vital information about bird populations and trends, data that alerts us to environmental threats not only to birds but to the larger ecosystems we all depend on. As partners with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in ebird.org, Audubon has helped transform citizen science into an everyday activity for tens of thousands of birders. Their observations, reported online anytime and from anywhere throughout North America, provide an ongoing assessment of bird populations that is fast becoming an invaluable resource for conservation.”

Excerpted from National Audubon website at: https://www.audubon.org/conservation/science

Here are some citizen science projects in which you can directly participate:

  1. Help with New Hope Audubon sponsored local bird counts and surveys including Christmas and Spring Bird Counts, Eagle Counts, and Mini Breeding Bird Surveys. See our Bird Counts webpage for more information.
  2. Record your bird sightings on eBird.
  3. Count birds in your yard or neighborhood for the Great Backyard Bird Count.
  4. Participate in any of several other projects sponsored by the Cornell Lab such as NestWatch and Project Feeder Watch.
  5. New Hope Audubon Society will be participating in National Audubon’s Climate Watch Program through NC Audubon. Audubon’s Birds and Climate Change Report predicts that over half of North American bird species will lose more than 50 percent of their current climatic range by 2080. To test these predictions, Audubon is running the new citizen and community science project Climate Watch. Climate Watch aims to document species’ responses to climate change by having volunteers in the field look for birds where Audubon’s climate models project they should be in the 2020s. We are currently recruiting participants for the June 1-15 count. If you are interested, please email Marcia Mandel at climatewatch@newhopeaudubon.org.

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