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Birds in Forested Landscapes

Main Project Information
Goal Help scientists understand forest-birds' habitat needs.
Task Make two weekly visist to forest area to ID bird species.
Where anywhere

Volunteers with the Birds in Forested Landscapes project observe and record forest-dwelling birds in North America to help scientists better understand the birds' habitat and conservation needs. As a volunteer, you will help answer the following questions:

1. How much habitat do different forest-dwelling bird species require for successful breeding?

2. How are habitat requirements affected by land uses, such as human development, forestry, and agriculture?

3. How do the habitat requirements of a species vary across its range?

Anyone who can or would like to learn to identify forest birds by sight and sound can become a volunteer. Birds in Forested Landscapes is an excellent project for birding groups, such as bird clubs and Audubon chapters, and works well with high school or college curricula.

After identifying a target species and an appropriate forest area to survey, you will conduct two visits, two weeks apart, to determine if the target species is present and to record any signs of breeding activity by playing recordings of bird songs and listening for responses from birds in your survey area.

The project runs from January to September every year.

How to Join

The project website provides step-by-step instructions on how to identify a target bird species and survey area, complete field work, and submit data at

Required Gear

Maps of your study area, binoculars, and a portable CD player to broadcast recordings of your study species.

The project provides a variety of field materials and aids at

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a hike, At school, At home
Tags birds, Cornell, forest, habitat, nest
Project Updated 04/21/2017