Birding Foray looking for volunteer birders
Every year the Virginia Society of Ornithology conducts a foray (survey) of the birds within a county of Virginia. This year, they will conduct the foray right here in Loudoun County to assist with the 2009-2013 Loudoun County Bird Atlas by surveying areas that need more coverage. The foray will be held from June 9, 2012 to June 17, 2012.
For those who have never participated in a bird atlas, it could seem overwhelming, but it could also be a great learning opportunity and a new way to use one’s knowledge of birds. The atlas website set-up by the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy provides a lot of information about the protocols required to complete the atlas.
The website address is: https://loudounwildlife.org/Bird_Atlas.htm. After going to the website, scroll down to the heading “Resources for Bird Atlas Volunteers”. Under this heading, one can select the “Atlasing in a Nutshell” document or field cards used to collect data.
The documentation of species seen during the atlas is slightly different from the typical VSO foray or a Christmas Bird Count. For example, rather than noting the number of individuals for each species observed, the behavior, especially that indicating nesting, of each species is noted on a field card.
Atlas blocks to be covered during the foray will be assigned to participants, but input from participants regarding which areas they prefer to cover will also be used to determine assigned blocks.
Any amount of help with the foray is appreciated, whether it is half a day or the whole foray period (or anything in between).
If interested in helping with the foray this year or if there are any questions, please contact Elisa Enders at firstname.lastname@example.org or Spring Ligi at email@example.com as soon as possible. Thank you!