Hike mountains. Count birds. Be merry.
Mountain Birdwatch features a short list of 10 birds and one mammal (red squirrel) to survey, a simple protocol, and extensive training materials and one-on-one help for participants, so just about any birder can join. Surveys take place on any morning in June (you choose the date), starting 45-minutes before sunrise. Observers must have excellent hearing (the vast majority of detections are made by ear, not by sight) and the ability to navigate the steep trails of our region.
Interested? Of course you are–you can do this. Getting started is easy.
On the map below, each route’s color indicates its availability for 2019 (check back frequently). We’re currently contacting observers from last year, and determining which routes are available for 2019. As we make these determinations, you’ll see the marker color change from gray (status uncertain, waiting for confirmation from past observer, which will likely happen by February 20 at the latest) to orange (available for 2019) or blue (already adopted for 2019). Each route contains 3-6 sampling stations on hiking trails where you’ll conduct bird surveys on a morning in June–click on the dot to learn more about that route. Choose at least one available route to survey. Once you adopt a route, it’s yours until you no longer want it. You can always switch routes in subsequent years. Email me (Jason Hill, jhill “at” vtecostudies.org), let me know what route you want, and I’ll walk you through everything. You can see photos and read descriptions of the sampling stations for your desired route by following the corresponding link to its state: New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, or Maine.
Click on the full screen icon (looks like a box) in the upper right corner of the map below to open full screen and to see the legend.
Still wondering if you can do this? It’s only 10 bird species and 1 (loud, chattering) mammal and one morning in June. You don’t have to be an expert–just enthusiastic. You can do it–we’d love to have you join the MBW team!