Klamath Bird Observatory and The Selberg Institute have launched a new citizen science project on the beautiful Sampson Creek Preserve just east of Ashland. The project objective is to inventory and monitor birds using the Preserve’s variety of habitats. Nestled in the rising Cascades foothills above Emigrant Lake, the Preserve includes meadows, oak woodlands, conifer forests, and riparian woodlands along Sampson Creek.
The Preserve is a terrific spot for birding and will give the public a unique opportunity to visit and bird in diverse habitats managed for conservation. Participants (Citizen Ornithologists) will have the choice to bird on fairly flat terrain walking less than two miles or, for more adventurous birders, to explore off-trail. Participation will include some walking and/or hiking, recording all birds observed by sight and/or sound, and entering and submitting your findings into eBird Northwest. Guided night expeditions are planned to for owl species surveys. The project’s Citizen Ornithologists will receive training in how to collect data and using eBird. Surveys will be scheduled monthly and continue throughout the year.
Klamath Bird Observatory has completed baseline breeding surveys on this property in the past. With this project, we aim to add to the existing knowledge by engaging the power of citizen science to collect robust data throughout the breeding, migratory, and winter seasons.
If you are interested in participating or would like more information click here to contact KBO biologist Ellie Armstrong.