Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Project BirdSafe Volunteers needed

Posted by Kirk Mona
There's a great opportunity this weekend for people interested in helping birds. Project BirdSafe needs volunteers to be part of a collaborative effort to monitor the extent of bird collisions with buildings in downtown areas. The data collected will help design and implement potential solutions. Volunteers survey buildings during migration season for fallen birds by walking a designated one hour route weekly or as their schedule permits.

Alternatively (or in addition), Volunteers may take part in a short term “focus week” that will intensively survey a subset of buildings for a week(+) in May and again in September.

Volunteers have an opportunity to see a variety of birds up close and help release many of them safely out of the city. Beat the commuting traffic and arrive early to walk the morning route! Opportunities to walk at lunch or in the afternoon may be available.

The training event is this Saturday
Saturday April 18th (10:00 AM -Noon) at the Ecology building at the U of MN
St Paul Campus.

Training sessions are required and will provide an overview of the program, updates about the most recent data that has been collected, and an opportunity to meet your fellow volunteers. Current volunteers are welcome and encouraged to join us as well.

If you are unable to make either of these dates it may be possible to arrange alternative training.

Please RSVP to Tom Ibsen, National Park Ranger / Volunteers-In-Parks Manager, ASAP (651.290.3214, Thomas_Ibsen@nps.gov).

More information and directions will be sent out via email immediately before each training session.

For more information on bird building problems during migration see the Fatal Light Awareness Program website.

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