Join Vermont's Climate Watch Coordinator, Sarah Hooghuis, as she walks us through the technology and bird identification skills needed for this survey and what the survey process is like. You'll be equipped with all the information you need to participate in this year's winter survey taking place January 15-February 15, 2021.
Please feel free to submit or bring any questions you have as we will save the last 10-15 minutes of the presentation for a Q&A.
Climate Watch is a community science program that monitors how North American birds are responding to climate change by enlisting volunteers to collect data on target species relevant to their region. This survey is different from other community science initiatives. Its specific scientific protocol makes it slightly more challenging and involved.
- First, participants study their target species to make sure they are able to identify not only the bird, but also their preferred habitat.
- Next, participants use an online GIS map to choose a 10 x 10km 'Climate Square' in an area that represents ideal habitat for their target species.
- Finally, they select 12 points within their 'Climate Square' to survey on GIS - each point must beat least 200 meters away from one another.
- Then you're ready to survey and collect data!
Here in Vermont, our target species is the White-breasted Nuthatch. Climate Watch volunteers conduct surveys twice a year, one in the winter and the second in the late spring. Learn more about Climate Watch in Vermont.