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Vesper Watch: community science walk


The Klamath Bird Observatory and Vesper Meadow Education Program have teamed 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.  

We need community volunteers to participate in monitoring this species. No experience necessary. We will meet at 7:30am at Vesper Meadow, coffee provided, go over the protocol before breaking in small groups to look for Vesper Sparrows and record data. Bring water, snacks, long pants and close-toed shoes, sun protection, and binoculars.


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.