2018 Bird BioBlitz

2018 Bird BioBlitz

More About 2018 Bird BioBlitz

Want a chance to be a citizen scientist and go birding with regional experts in one of the most biologically diverse areas in North America? Now is your chance!

This May, the Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument will host their fourth annual BioBlitz. The goal of a BioBlitz is to identify as many species as possible in a particular place over a short period of time. This year, the focus will be on observing and cataloguing bird species seen and heard within the Monument. The Bird BioBlitz is supported by the BLM and the Rogue Valley Audubon Society. As a recipient of the Mindful Birding award, the Friends will promote ethical birding by developing and using specific guidelines during the BioBlitz event.

In June of 2000, the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument became the first and only Monument set aside to preserve biodiversity. The Monument was further expanded in 2017, encompassing a larger, more diverse array of habitats. Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is an ecological treasure, containing a remarkably high variety of plants and animals in a relatively small geographic area. The mission of this citizen science event will be to expand upon the list of bird species found in the Monument, and to increase understanding and appreciation for this extremely biodiverse area.

The 2018 Bird BioBlitz is organized differently than in past years, and will be a two-part event.

On Thursday, May 24 from 5:30-8:30 pm, join the Friends for the BioBlitz orientation and pizza party at the Bellview Grange in Ashland. Participants will have dinner, learn about mindful birding, coordinate logistics for Saturday morning, and meet with site leaders. Ornithologist and author Pepper Trail will provide a presentation about the diversity of birds in the Monument.

Surveying will take place Saturday, May 26 at multiple sites throughout Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Groups of citizen scientist will be led by local birding experts to survey and catalogue the diversity of birds throughout the Monument. Some survey sites will be miles (and hours) apart. Due to the nature and morning activity of birds, birding will begin at first light on Saturday. Exact departure times will be determined by each survey site leader.

The Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument invite anyone age 12 and up to participate as citizen scientists in this event. This event can only accommodate 100 people, and spots are filling up fast! To learn more and register, visit click for details

Tags: Special Interest, BioBlitz, Monument, Citizen Science, Bird, Birding

Event Details

Date: May 26, 2018



Heather Wilson

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