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Big River Spring Bird Survey Training on May 3rd and 4th

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  • matt coleman
    Join the Big River Stewards program of the Mendocino Land Trust and the Mendocino Coast Chapter of the Audubon Society for a free two-day bird survey training
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      Join the Big River Stewards program of the Mendocino Land Trust and
      the Mendocino Coast Chapter of the Audubon Society for a free two-day
      bird survey training workshop on May 3rd and 4th.



      The classroom portion of the workshop will be held at the Stanford
      Inn on May 3rd from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Power point presentations and
      audio recordings will help attendees hone their bird identification
      skills. 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.



      On May 4th, 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 11a.m.



      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 30 stations at various locations on Big River
      park lands which are each surveyed three times during the Spring
      breeding season and twice during the Fall migration.



      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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