Spring Bird Survey Training on the Mendocino Coast (FREE)
- 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
To attend the workshop, please RSVP to Big River Stewards Volunteer
Coordinator Matt Coleman at 962-0470 or, by e-mail, at
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