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Spring Bird Survey Training on the Mendocino Coast (FREE)

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  • matt coleman
    BIG RIVER STEWARDS AND AUDUBON TO HOST BIRD TRAININGS The Big River Stewards program of the Mendocino Land Trust and the Mendocino Coast Chapter of the Audubon
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 6, 2007
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      BIG RIVER STEWARDS AND AUDUBON TO HOST BIRD TRAININGS

      The Big River Stewards program of the Mendocino Land Trust and the
      Mendocino Coast Chapter of the Audubon Society are offering a free
      two-day bird survey training workshop on April 28th and 29th.

      The classroom portion of the workshop will be held at the Stanford
      Inn on April 28th from 9 a.m. until about 1 p.m. Power point
      presentations and audio recordings will help attendees hone their
      bird identification skills. In the afternoon, a brief walk will
      enable participants to practice their new skills.

      On April 29th, participants will meet at 7am at Big River Beach to
      further practice field identification skills on a guided hike up the
      haul road with the training leader and other experienced birders from
      the Mendocino Coast Chapter of the Audubon Society. The training
      will conclude around 11am.

      The workshop will be led by expert birder 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 surveying
      methodology. New this year will be a two CD set featuring birdsongs
      of northern California compiled by LeValley.

      After completing the training, participants will have the opportunity
      to put their new skills to work by signing up for the annual Big
      River Bird Survey, an ambitious project, begun in 2003, that is
      cosponsored by California State Parks, the Mendocino Coast Audubon
      Society and the Mendocino Land Trust. The survey seeks to document
      bird species present at the Big River property and track changes in
      their populations over time.

      The survey involves 28 stations at various locations on Big River,
      which are each surveyed three times during the Spring breeding season
      and twice during the Fall migration.

      Plans call for eventually expanding the surveys to include a greater
      portion of the property, as well as upslope locations to monitor
      changes in bird populations as the forest recovers from more than 150
      years of timber harvesting.

      For more information about the surveys, a report entitled "Report on
      2005 Big River Breeding Season and Fall Bird Surveys Conducted by the
      Big River Stewards" is available on the Mendocino Land Trust's
      website, www.mendocinolandtrust.org.

      To attend the workshop, please RSVP to Big River Stewards Volunteer
      Coordinator Matt Coleman at 962-0470 or, by e-mail, at
      mcoleman@....

      The Big River Stewards are volunteers that help State Parks manage
      the new Big River parkland by monitoring natural resources,
      maintaining roads and trails to minimize sediment delivery to the
      river, and removing non-native plants that have become established on
      the property.
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