|Spend the time||outdoors|
|Location||Illinois United States Chicago Chicago Wilderness region|
Tape measure, map, compass, watch, and a computer with Internet access.
Forms for conducting surveys can be found at http://www.bcnbirds.org/census.html#forms.
Bird Conservation Network Census
|Help map bird distribution in the Chicago, IL area.|
|Track nesting populations during breeding seasons.|
The Bird Conservation Network Census needs citizen scientists to record bird distribution and abundance information for birds in the Chicago region.
Bird monitors can participate at different levels:
The Bird Conservation Network has created a set of standardized methods for studying the birds of the Chicago Wilderness region. These methods can serve a variety of research purposes while also allowing birders to participate at different levels of intensity. Participants commit to making five or more visits to the site each year with at least two of those visits coming during breeding season (June). Also, participants should be able to recognize Illinois birds by sight and sound. By general rule, a birder should have about at least three years of experience with field identification of birds in the Illinois area.
The goals of this study are to generate a general picture of bird distribution in the region, to collect data to assist land managers and conservation planners in decision making, and to create a database compatible with other types of habitat data being gathered in the region which can be used by researchers investigating specific ecosystem questions. If you are an avid birder at a Chicago Park District nature area, you are encouraged to become a bird monitor.