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CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
LAGUNA COAST SHOREBIRD SURVEY
Laguna Ocean Foundation, in partnership with the Bureau of Land
Management and Point Reyes Bird Observatory, is launching a Shorebird
Survey of the Laguna Coast. We are looking for volunteers to join our
field survey team. Data from this year-long survey will be used to
develop management measures to protect and enhance shored populations
on the Laguna Coast. The Laguna Coast is unique among Orange County
coastlines in its abundance of rocky shoreline habitats interspersed
with sandy coves and beaches. The goal of the survey is to identify
baseline levels of shorebird abundance and diversity, with seasonal
counts that target overwintering birds, Spring and Fall migrants and
breeding birds. Survey methods will be developed especially for this
inventory by scientists from Point Reyes Bird Observatory, recognized
world-wide for their expertise in applied ornithology.
Laguna Ocean Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2004
to protect the intertidal habitats and other coastal resources of
Laguna Beach. The Bureau of Land Management is the supervisory agency
of the California Coastal National Monument, a new federal monument
established in 2000 that includes all the offshore rocks along the
California Coast. These two entities have partnered to conduct this
unique survey with your help, and with the help of scientists from
Point Reyes Bird Observatory.
The survey begins June 2007 and runs a full year. Volunteers are
asked to commit to one half-day survey at assigned locations four
times during the study year. A second level of volunteers will
perform monthly surveys at focused locations each month of the year.
Qualified volunteers should have some shorebirding experience.
Birders with limited mobility are encouraged to volunteer, as some
sites are easily accessible. Parking and/or access to all survey
sites will be pre-arranged by field crew coordinators. Survey methods
will be simple, standardized and clearly explained during a training
session. Team member will be provided with some field supplies by REI.
Volunteers will be part of a well-organized team that will perform
valuable work with genuine scientific and conservation applications,
while also partaking of a unique opportunity to experience shorebirds
in their diverse habitats. This survey combines science,
conservation, scenic vistas of Orange County's most beautiful
coastline and the chance to see species you may never have seen before!
To sign up or to get more information, simply send an email to Laura
Wantz at LauraWantz@...
. Please mention Shorebird Survey in the
subject area. Those without internet access may call Laura at