If you enjoy bird-watching and want to combine that interest with helping protect birds and habitats, training opportunities and monitoring events are set to kick off this spring. No experience necessary, just a love of coastal bird populations.
Opportunities range from helping monitor western snowy plovers on beaches, black oystercatchers on our rocky shoreline, seabird nesting colonies off of Cape Falcon and Cannon Beach, and monitoring roosting brown pelicans off a number of sites on the North Coast. These efforts are not only fun but are providing vital information to help inform conservation and protection of Oregon’s coastline, habitats, and birds.
The snowy plover patrol project targets an endangered species that has been in decline for several decades due to loss of habitat and disturbances from development, recreation, and other human pressures. In Oregon, the population hit a low of about 50 individuals in the early 1990s. Subsequently this species was listed as threatened under the Federal Endangered Species Act in 1993. Due to targeted recovery efforts in Oregon, mostly focused on the south and central coast, the bird has bounced back to a few hundred individuals although still a small, vulnerable population.
The black oystercatcher monitoring project is helping obtain an Oregon-wide population estimate for this bird of conservation concern that is totally dependent on rocky shoreline habitats for nesting and foraging. The oystercatcher survey data is also being contributed to a new ecological inventory that will be used to inform Oregon’s new effort to update its management plan for rocky shoreline sites.
Oregon is home to over 1 million colonial nesting seabirds. Oregon’s system of marine reserves and protected areas offer the opportunity to see how seabirds are faring both adjacent to and outside of these underwater protected areas.
Snowy plover patrol training takes place Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Cannon Beach City Hall, 163 E Gower Ave.
RSVP by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.