Project WAfLS is an eight-state program designed to assess the population status, trends, and threats against the Short-eared Owl, an enigmatic, open-country species. Project WAfLS engages enthusiastic citizen-scientist volunteers across the west to gather critical survey data, enabling a rigorous assessment of the status of this species. Our results directly influence high-value conservation actions by state and federal agencies, and our volunteers are rewarded with training and experience in critical observation, the scientific method, data collection, and regularly report unique and exciting observations.
Volunteers will complete two 90 minute surveys where they will visit multiple points. At each point, the volunteer will get out of their vehicle and survey the area for Short-eared Owls for five minutes, take some quick notes about the habitat surrounding the point, and then move on to the next point. We welcome new participants and provide all training and materials required for success.