I'm an avid birder and nature photographer wishing to share some of my sightings & images taken while out in the "wilds" of Cape Ann and surrounding New England countryside. More images can be found on my web site at New England Birds Plus Enjoy, Phil Brown

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Birders needed to assist with Citizen Science Project in Boston and the North Shore,­ June 2011

The University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the Urban Ecology Institute are looking for 4-6 birders to conduct point counts in Boston, and 6-8 birders to conduct point counts in the North Shore. General locations in Boston include residential streets in Roxbury, Dorchester, East Boston and South Boston, and three urban parks: Franklin Park, Stoneybrook reservation, and the Arnold Arboretum. General locations in the North Shore include residential streets and conservation areas in Danvers, Ipswich, Burlington, and Woburn.

Our study is investigating regional bird diversity and how it varies at different levels of urbanization. Birding sites are located in residential parts of the city and towns, and in large urban parks and conservation areas. The point counts will be conducted during the month of June, 2011. Time commitment includes 2- 4 mornings, depending on interest.  (1-2 mornings in early June and 1-2 mornings in late June) and the schedule is relatively flexible.

Please contact Rachel Danford (rachelsdanford@gmail.com) if you are interested in volunteering for this exciting project. Please indicate which locations you prefer (Boston or North Shore or both), and level of commitment.

We conducted a pilot study in June 2010, focusing exclusively within Boston neighborhoods and three large urban parks. We documented a total of 37 species (20 species in the neighborhood sites and 26 species in the park sites). Highlights included an Eastern Kingbird nest building in a very urban residential site. For the urban parks, highlights included a number of Wood Thrushes, a Pine Warbler, Indigo Buntings, and Scarlet Tanagers.

If interested please contact Rachel Danford with your preferred location (Boston, North Shore, or both) and level of commitment.