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Calling All Shorebird Enthusiasts and Citizen Scientists!

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! The survey will take place January 13th, 2016.

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:
1. Review: Learn the protocol and training techniques
2. Scouting: Become familiar with your site; make sure you know the access points and how long it will take to cover the area.
3. Survey: One survey on January 13th, 2016 from 9:00am-11:00pm
4.Data Entry: Surveyors will enter their data online into the California Avian Data Center.

The best candidates for the project will:
1. Be confident with their shorebird identification
2. Have their own binoculars and scope (some scopes are available to borrow if needed) and possess reliable transportation
3. Be physically able to walk long-distances carrying a scope and tripod in muddy and often inclement conditions
4. Be willing to follow a protocol to count birds
5. Be comfortable entering data online into California Avian Data Center
6. 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 541-201-0866 ext. 5.