Central Mayacamas Songbird Survey Volunteer Qualifications
Volunteers conduct a series of point counts along an established route along Pine Flat Road (Sonoma County, California).
In addition to visual identification, all volunteers must be proficient in identifying the songs or calls of bird species that are likely to be encountered. 95% of detections on this survey are auditory.
It is advisable, even for experienced birders, to reinforce auditory skills needed to identify uncommon species that might occur in the study area.
Is there training available?
Training in bird identification is not available. However, we will provide study materials and provide support for learning the survey protocol. Volunteers who have questions about how to complete the survey are encouraged to contact us at any time.
Do I need special equipment?
Other than your binoculars, all equipment needed will be provided by ACR.
What is the required time commitment?
There is no minimum commitment required. You may opt to sign up for one survey per year, or many, depending on your preference. Our goal is to maintain an average of ten surveys each spring (April through May). However, additional surveys are highly encouraged and will enhance our understanding of the value of this region. In addition, though our focus is on spring, we accept surveys conducted year-round.
How can I sign up?
Please register for the project using the form below so that we can get to know you and answer any questions you might have about the survey. You can also register by calling 415.663.8203 ext. 401 or by emailing us. Once you have registered, we will provide login credentials for the survey schedule so that you can reserve your survey date(s). We look forward to hearing from you!