OREGON2020 BIRDING BLITZ: SUNDAY 6:30AM - 1:00PM
Participants on this trip will help the Oregon2020 Project conduct a baseline survey of Oregon’s birds. Oregon2020 has been conducting “Birding Blitzes” across the entire state, focusing on under-surveyed areas where birds may never have been counted before. (For more information on Oregon2020 Blitzes, see here. ) As part of the Mountain Birding Festival, you can join keynote speaker Dr. Doug Robinson as he counts birds in several “Oregon2020 Hotspot Squares”. Birders will likely visit a variety of habitats from valley grassland to higher elevation mixed conifers. Potential species include but are not limited to: Mountain Quail, Williamson’s and Red-breasted Sapsuckers, Mountain Bluebird, Green-tailed Towhee, White-tailed Kite, Oak Titmouse, and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, among many others! Participants will also learn stationary counting methods, helpful techniques to count large flocks of birds, how to obtain geospatial coordinates using a phone or GPS, using the free Oregon2020 App, and other ways to improve the quality of public birding data. Participants are encouraged to bring snacks and water for this half-day trip.
Field Trip Leader: Doug Robinson
Doug has a wedgie. No, not literally, but he is wedged between two cultures: birding and academic science. A birder since the age of 10, he grew up in Illinois where he marveled at the great diversity of birds and their songs. His skill at identifying birds by sound took him to the dense jungles of Panama for his PhD research where he surveyed birds he heard but rarely saw. During his academic career he has maintained a great interest in recreational birding. His perspectives from both the birding and academic worlds provide a rare perspective on the roles that birders can play to inform science, conservation and management.