Join the Mendocino Land Trust's Big River Stewards for the Fall bird survey training on Saturday, October 3rd from Noon to 4pm at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens.
This free workshop will focus on identifying birds by sight and sound and will be lead by expert birder, wildlife photographer and endangered species consultant Ron LeValley. LeValley, founder of the avian consulting firm, Mad River Biologists, will train participants in identifying birds by visual and audio cues, as well as bird survey methodology.
The goal of the workshop is to prepare for the annual Fall Big River Bird Surveys during which volunteers document the bird species present at 30 point-count stations in areas throughout the park during October and November.
Training participants will have the opportunity to put their new skills to work by signing up for the sixth year of the Big River Fall Bird Surveys. This ambitious "citizen science" project, begun in 2003 and co-sponsored by the Mendocino Land Trust, the Mendocino Coast Audubon Society and California State Parks, seeks to monitor trends in the population of bird species at Big River over time. For more information, visit the Mendocino Land Trust's website (www.mendocinolandtrust.org) and see the "Report on 2005 Big River Breeding Season and Fall Bird Surveys Conducted by the Big River Stewards." Data from the previous six years of Spring surveys and five years of Fall surveys will be presented at the workshop.
To attend the workshop, or participate in the surveys, please RSVP to Stewards coordinator Matt Coleman at 962-0470, or, by e-mail, to mcoleman@...
. Seating is limited. Participants should bring a bag lunch, binoculars, field guide and dress warmly in layers as an outdoor practice session will be held.
To make it a full day, consider joining the Mendocino Coast Audubon Society for their monthly bird walk at the Botanical Gardens that morning at 9am. For more information about the walk, call 964-6835.