Looking for a new place to bird during fall migration? Klamath Bird Observatory and The Selberg Institute are continuing a yearlong citizen science project on the beautiful Sampson Creek Preserve just east of Ashland and, are looking for volunteers to help monitor during fall migration. This project offers something for all birders and outdoor enthusiasts. Participants will have the choice to bird on fairly flat terrain walking less than two miles through meadows and oak trees or for more adventurous birders to explore off-trail along a gradient of different habitats. The project takes place on a large parcel of private property along Sampson Creek. The Preserve is in the foothills of the Cascades and holds a variety of oak habitats as well as coniferous forests and riparian woodlands. 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.
Citizen Scientists will be trained on the data collection and entry protocols by a Klamath Bird Observatory biologist and the opportunity for monthly surveys will continue throughout the year. 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, you do not need to be an advanced birder to participate, all who enjoy birding are welcome. Dedicated Citizen Science volunteers have been surveying the property since April collecting robust data throughout the breeding season, we will continue surveys throughout the fall and winter to complete a year-long survey.
If you are interested in participating or would like more information please contact KBO Biologist Ellie Armstrong at eea@KlamathBird.org.