Community 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 community 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 the National Audubon Society 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, 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.”

Here are some community 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 summer and winter counts. If you are interested, please email Marcia Mandel at [email protected] and be sure to put “Climate Watch” in the subject field.
  6. “A group of government agencies, universities, and nonprofit organizations launched the North Carolina Bird Atlas in 2021. The state-wide community science survey will harness the power of thousands of birdwatchers to map the distribution and abundance of birds from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Outer Banks. Click here for more information.
  7. Help with bird-window collisions survey on UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Click here for more information.
  8. Bird Survey at Brumley North. Triangle Land Conservancy and New Hope Audubon are going to organize a bird count during this fall migration at Brumley North to examine the effects of invasive plant removal on the bird population.

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