Community Science

Community science, also known as citizen science, brings the expertise of the birding public and scientists together in a wonderful and very useful way. These community-driven investigations engage the public with their natural world and contribute information that directly impacts conservation science.
 
To learn more about these projects or to get involved contact Ellie Armstrong at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
 

eBird Northwest

eBird NW Logo (72ppi 4xX) (4)eBird Northwest serves as the primary community science application of Avian Knowledge Northwest by providing content and services to bird‐watching and natural resource management audiences in northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and the surrounding areas. eBird Northwest serves as the primary community science application of Avian Knowledge Northwest by providing content and services to bird‐watching and natural resource management audiences in northern California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia, and the surrounding areas. 


Klamath Bird Observatory, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW),Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), US Fish and Wildlife Service Region 1 (Pacific), and Pacific Birds in collaboration with Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and many conservation partners, have developed eBird Northwest, building a broad regional partnership around the eBird community science application. eBird Northwest is a regional portal of Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology’s international eBird program. An eBird Northwest Content Committee is actively generating stories, articles, notes, and other tools of interest to birders and conservation practitioners in the Northwest. Additionally, a Community Science Committee is working with partners, developing relevant, regional eBird projects that are linked or hosted through eBird Northwest.  These projects address specific objectives, meet data needs, and encourage users to contribute data that will inform conservation.

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Grizzly Creek Preserve

Ellie Armstrong birding 72 ppi 6 x 4Klamath Bird Observatory and The Selberg Institute have launched a new community science project on the beautiful Grizzly Creek Preserve just outside of Ashland. The project objective is to inventory and monitor birds using the Preserve’s variety of habitats. Nestled in the rising Cascades foothills surrounding Grizzly Peak, the Preserve includes meadows, oak woodlands, and conifer forests.
 
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. 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 for owl species surveys. The project’s Community Ornithologists will receive training in how to collect data and using eBird. Surveys will be scheduled monthly and continue until Spring 2019. 
 

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Short-eared Owls

SEOW  (Jim Livaudias 72 ppi 2x3 cropped) 

The Western Asio Flammeus Landscape Study (WAfLS) is a community science project designed to gather information to better evaluate the population status of this species. Such information is needed by conservation practitioners who want to design management actions that will reverse the Short-eared Owl population declines. The Western Asio Flammeus Landscape Study (WAfLS) is a community science project designed to gather information to better evaluate the population status of this species. Such information is needed by conservation practitioners who want to design management actions that will reverse the Short-eared Owl population declines.


Project WAfLS is an eight-state program designed to assess the population status, trends, and threats against the Short-eared Owl, an enigmatic, open-country species. Project WAfLS engages enthusiastic citizen-scientist volunteers across the west to gather critical survey data, enabling a rigorous assessment of the status of this species. Our results directly influence high-value conservation actions by state and federal agencies, and our volunteers are rewarded with training and experience in critical observation, the scientific method, data collection, and regularly report unique and exciting observations.

Get involved or learn more about this project on Avian Knowledge Northwest. 

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