Citizen Science – Rusty Blackbirds

Over the past years there has been an 88-98 percent drop in the population of the Rusty Blackbird (Euphagus carolinus). This lesser-known blackbird was formerly an incredibly abundant bird and this decline in population is one of the most drastic in North America. Last spring, eBird tracked Rusty Blackbird populations during spring migration and found

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Focused Bird Conservation – Saving At-Risk Birds Through Citizen Science

What is Focused Bird Conservation? Each time we as birders go out we have several goals: see more birds than last time, find a life bird, find a rare bird that was reported, get a great photograph, or just get out to enjoy the weather and birds. Often, these goals are what help expand our

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Nestwatch is a newly launched citizen science project from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Funded by the National Science Foundation, Nestwatch promises to be not only fun but also scientifically valuable. Of course, to truly make this project work, your help is needed. All materials and instructions are available at Anyone can help and

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Citizen Science – Not Just for the Birds!

There are citizen science projects that don’t directly relate to birds. Conservation on all levels is important, and we found a few great projects dealing with non-bird elements. World Water Monitoring Day – Adopted by WEF in July 2006, World Water Monitoring Day (WWMD) is an international outreach program that builds public awareness and involvement

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Citizen Science – Delmarva Ornithological Society

Delmarva Ornithological Society (DOS) is a birding club serving Delaware and peninsular Maryland and Virginia. This year marks DOS’s 2nd annual Bird-A-Thon, a fund raiser that couples pledges per bird species sighted in a 24-hour period. Last year this event earned over $28,000 and the goal this year is to top $40,000. The goal of

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Citizen Science – Cerulean Warbler Atlas Project

The Cerulean Warbler (Dendroica cerulea) is considered a high-priority Neotropical migratory bird. Sometimes hard to spot, the cerulean blue and white warbler is a favorite among birders, even though it is often responsible for “warbler neck”. The Cerulean Warbler Atlas Project (CEWAP) ran from 1997 to 2000 as a way to study the breeding range

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Citizen Science – New Jersey

The New Jersey Audubon Society uses citizen science to help collect valuable ecological information. They have many projects and detailed information on their website. There are three main projects New Jersey’s Audubon Society takes part in, grassland, shorebirds, and an area called the Piedmont region in the southern part of the state. They also participate

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