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Calling All Shorebird Enthusiasts and Citizen Scientists!

| Caitlyn Gillespie |

Black-bellied Plover (c) Jim Livaudais

The Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey (PFSS) is looking for citizen science volunteers to conduct shorebird surveys in Coos Bay, Oregon on January 8th 2015 and we need your help!

The Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey is a multi-partner project, led by Point Blue Conservation Science; the survey depends on citizen science effort to help protect shorebirds and wetlands all the way from Canada to Mexico. This year Klamath Bird Observatory is assisting with the coordination of surveys at Coos Bay, Oregon.

Time Commitment: ~1-2 days:

Training: Watching a training webinar on December 4th from 1:00pm-3:30pm to review the protocol and counting techniques

Scouting: Become familiar with your site; make sure you know the access points and how long it will take to cover the area. Scouting takes place Wednesday, January 7th.

Survey: January 8th.

The best candidates for the project will:

  • Be confident with their shorebird identification
  • Have their own binoculars and scope (some scopes are available to borrow if needed) and possess reliable transportation
  • Be physically able to walk long-distances carrying a scope and tripod in muddy and often inclement conditions
  • Be willing to follow a protocol to count birds
  • Be comfortable entering data online into California Avian Data Center
  • Have a passion for and dedication to shorebird conservation

For more information about PFSS please visit

If you would like to participate or have any questions please contact Ellie Armstrong, at  as soon as possible. Thanks for all you do!