Vesper Sparrows at Vesper Meadow: community-powered monitoring
Call for volunteers! Participate in weekly Vesper Sparrow monitoring efforts from last week in April through the first week in July. All experience levels welcome.
The Klamath Bird Observatory and Vesper Meadow Education Program are teaming up to study the imperiled Oregon Vesper Sparrow at the Vesper Meadow Restoration Preserve. Estimated to be down to 2,000-3,000 individuals, and declining by 5% per year, it is one of North America's most imperiled birds.
The scenic Vesper Meadow Restoration Preserve, located just 30 minutes from downtown Ashland, is home to the highest elevation population of the OR Vesper Sparrow - creating a unique research opportunity as part of a range-wide Oregon / Washington research collaboration. These community-powered surveys will involved re-sighting color banded OR Vesper Sparrows from 2018, and moderate to challenging walking through wet meadow and forest-edge habitat.
Volunteer Training and Information Talk: Vespers at Vesper Meadow
April 18th, 5:30-7pm
Klamath Bird Observatory headquarters - 320 Beech St. in Ashland
This is a free training event for interested volunteers. We will meet and greet other bird-loving volunteers, learn more about the Vesper Meadow Restoration Preserve, and go over logistics of the community survey. Attendance is not mandatory in order to participate in the survey, but it is highly recommended. Pizza will be provided - please RSVP so we know how much to purchase!
Vesper Sparrow survey dates - carpool from the KBO office in Ashland leaves at 7am and returns by 1pm
Thursday in May: 9th
Fridays in May: 3rd, 17th, 24th, 31st,
Fridays in June: 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
Wednesday July 3rd
Questions, or to get involved email firstname.lastname@example.org