Citizen science opportunity

Beginning this spring, Vashon Audubon will be participating in the National Audubon Climate Watch citizen science program.

We will be using a standardized protocol to record sightings and vocalizations of Red-breasted Nuthatches at 12 sites on Vashon Island. The observations will take place twice a year between May 15 and June 15 and again between January 15 and February 15.

Observations will be done on a single day for 5 minutes at each of the 12 sites. The observations will become part of the national data base used to document changes in nuthatch range as it may relate to climate change.

We are soliciting volunteers to take part in the program. Ideally we would like to have three or four teams with two or three members. We will proving training on island and coordinate data collection.

If you are interested in participating or have questions about the program please contact Scott Anderson at or 503-385-6475.

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