The commitment is to two mornings in the month of June between 5 and 9 am in good weather. Knowledge of forest birds by sight and sound is necessary. I can train folks if need be. If you've done Forest Bird Monitoring for the Vermont Center for Ecostudies we use similar protocols developed by Audubon Vermont for the Forest Bird Initiative.
The purpose of collecting this data is to get baseline data for landowners participating in the Cold Hollow to Canada Woodlots Program. <https://www.coldhollowtocanada.org/what/woodlots/> The data will be used to understand how forest management practices benefit forest birds. Cold Hollow to Canada is partnering with Audubon Vermont on this project; they provide a habitat assessment of each landowners property, CHC then provides technical & financial assistance to the landowners to implement recommended management practices for birds, wildlife and climate resilience.
Properties that will be monitored are in the towns of Enosburgh, Richford and Montgomery. We're hoping to set up a couple of sites this year, with subsequent sites set up over the next four years.
This is a wonderful way to contribute to a local conservation project focused on birds and wildlife, while at the same time building on your birding skills and getting out into the woodlands during one of the most magical times of day for birds.
Please let me know if you have any questions! Bridget