|This project is a collaborative effort of New Jersey Audubon (NJA), New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife/Endangered and Nongame Species Program, and Manomet Center for Conservation Science, aimed at assessing status and changes in populations of shorebirds to better manage and conserve stopover areas. The data collected by volunteers will be incorporated into the national database of the Program for Regional and International Shorebird Monitoring (PRISM), whose overall goal is to monitor trends in shorebird populations. In addition, the information will help identify areas important to southbound shorebirds, and define shorebird management goals for New Jersey.
We have a dedicated group of volunteers who have been counting shorebirds and recording information of their behavior for several years. With generous funding from NFWF we are continuing these surveys through the Fall of 2013!
Photo by: Art Morris
Shorebird Survey Spring and Fall 2013
In 2010-2011 we launched a shorebird survey in the NJ Meadowlands in addition to our coastal NJ surveys. We are currently actively recruiting volunteers interested and willing to conduct shorebird counts during spring and fall migration. Potential sites include Harrier Meadow, DeKorte Park and Mill Creek in the Meadowlands and Sandy Hook, Barnegat Bay, Delaware Bay, Cape May and other sites along the coast of NJ.
Training in shorebird identification and count methodology will be provided by NJ Audubon Society in Summer 2013.
Participants must be able to identify shorebirds and be willing to visit sites approximately once a week from May 1st until June 7th, 2013, as well as from July 15th to October 30th.
Contact: Nellie Tsipoura for more information.
We continue to recruit people for other sites that need additional coverage.
We are looking for competent volunteers to survey beaches from Cape May to Sandy Hook and along the Delaware Bay, and collect data on shorebird abundance. Participants must be able to identify shorebirds and be willing to visit sites approximately once a week from May 1st until June 7th, 2013, as well as from July 15th to October 30th.
For Shorebird Citizen Scientists
Sandy Hook Shorebird surveys 2004-2008
Follow link for a Power Point presentation of an analysis of a subset of citizen science data.