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Triangle Bird Count

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Presented By North Carolina State University
Goal Monitor abundance and diversity of bird species in urban habitat
Task Count birds at fixed locations using standard protocol
Where Cary, Wake County, North Carolina, United States of America, Chapel Hill, Orange County, North Carolina, United States of America, Durham, Durham County, North Carolina, United States of America, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina, United States of America

The Triangle Bird Count (TBC) is a citizen science project to help monitor the abundance and diversity of bird species in urban habitats modeled after several other Urban Bird Counts already being conducted in North America. The bird count is expected to take place in March 2018.

The TBC is a new project from NC State University’s Reconciliation Ecology Lab, dedicated to mapping the distribution and abundance of bird species in and around the cities of North Carolina’s “Research Triangle”: Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and surrounding municipalities.

Volunteers will spend one morning (or more), of their choice, mid-Mar – mid-May 2018 (exact dates to be determined) counting birds at fixed locations using a standard protocol. Ideally, they would input their data directly into an online database.

TBC data will be publicly available to local communities to help build a better understanding of nature and biodiversity right where we live and work, and to inform land use and urban planning. By monitoring the changes of diversity and abundance over time we can gain a better understanding of the ecology of our local bird populations and urban nature more broadly.
Insights generated from these data can also help improve decision-making regarding local land use and urban development. All results, including interactive distribution maps, will be freely available via our online data portal to be launched in Spring 2018.

Project Timing Seasonal, recurring annually.
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Materials List Binoculars
Special Skills We are currently looking for intermediate to experienced birders. However, anyone that has an interest in birds, wildlife, and science is more than welcome to participate. In order to participate, we recommend that each individual is able to to identify birds accurately by both sight and sound, but also the ability to quickly identify more uncommon species with a field guide. For those that are unable to identify birds by either sight or sound, there is no need to worry as training will be provided for those that need it. All you need to bring is your binoculars and enthusiasm for birding.
Ideal Age Group College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Per week
Average Time Several hours
Spend the Time outdoors
Training Materials
Class Materials
Tags birds, cary, chapel hill, cities, durham, durham county, landscape, nc, north carolina, orange county, raleigh, urban, wake county
Project Updated 02/23/2019