Jersey Audubon is recruiting volunteer Citizen Scientists for two
projects that involve bird and/or invasive plant surveys. We are
looking for people with some bird ID skills to conduct bird point
counts, and for people to survey invasive plants species. Volunteers
can participate in either the bird or the invasive plant survey, or
both. We prefer people who can do both surveys concurrently, but if you
prefer to do one or the other, you are still welcome to join us!
Citizen Scientists are required to attend one training session in April. We will run a combined bird and invasive plant workshop that will include a species identification component and methodology training. During the workshop participants will be assigned to a survey site. Bird survey citizen scientists are asked to visit their survey site three times – once to scout their assigned points and determine access, and twice for surveys (once between May 26- June 15 and again between June 16-30). Invasive plant survey citizen scientists are asked to visit their site twice between May 26 and June 30 to conduct surveys.
Arthur Kill Watershed Survey 2014
Jersey Audubon is recruiting Citizen Scientists for a survey of birds
and invasive plants in natural areas in the Arthur Kill watershed (parts
of Essex, Union, and Middlesex Counties). This project is a NJ Audubon
effort, funded through National Audubon’s and Toyota’s TogetherGreen
program. Through this effort we want to obtain baseline information on
abundance and distribution of bird and invasive plant species in
important greenways remaining in this heavily industrialized and
urbanized watershed. Areas of interest include South Mountain, Ash Brook
Reservation, and the main tributaries to the Arthur Kill (the
Elizabeth, Rahway, and Woodbridge Rivers), among others. Results of
this study will be used to guide conservation efforts in the area.
Raritan-Piedmont Survey 2014
New Jersey Audubon is recruiting Citizen Scientists for a 2014 bird and invasive plant survey in forested habitats within the Piedmont section of the Raritan River watershed (parts of Hunterdon, Somerset, and Middlesex Counties). This is a joint project between Raritan Valley Community College and NJ Audubon, funded through NSF’s SENCER-ISE (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities-Informal Science Education) program, to study the effects of invasive plants and deer browsing on our forests birds and native flora.
Raritan River Project - Spring 2012
Connecting People to Urban Wetlands: Preserving Biodiversity in the Raritan River Watershed
Funded by Together Green
Grassland Bird Surveys - 2005 - 2013
To determine the abundance and distribution of grasslands bird populations breeding in private lands enrolled in incentive programs in New Jersey and assess the effectiveness of these programs.
To assess status and changes in populations of shorebirds using the New Jersey coast during spring and fall migration, to better manage and conserve stopover areas.
Harbor Heron Surveys
To determine the importance of different foraging areas in the NY/NJ Harbor for herons and egrets.
Duke Bioblitz - 2011
A one-day treasure hunt to identify and record species of plants and animals found on the property.
Scott Elowitz Photography - Scott Elowitz's photos manage to capture the essence of the bird. We frequently use his images in our citizen science trainings.