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Field Trip: “Conduct a CBC Survey in 6 Simple Steps” at Tree Frog Woods

December 12, 2020 @ 10:00 AM 12:00 PM EST

Leader: Carolyn Bonta, bonta.johnson@sympatico.ca or 613-531-4578

Interested in learning how to conduct a Christmas Bird Count survey? Our local CBC’s are always seeking Citizen Scientists to help tally winter birds. Basic bird ID skills paired with enthusiasm is all you really need, yet the logistics and data-collection aspects of surveying can appear daunting the first time. Join Carolyn Bonta on a mock CBC survey along the trails of Tree Frog Woods near Verona. This training session is suitable for anyone who has never led a CBC survey (or even participated on a CBC!) and will cover the basics of surveying: 1) Form your team, 2) Obtain a survey route/area, 3) Assign tasks, 4) Calculate distance, 5) Calculate effort, and 6) Tally birds! Experienced birders and CBC surveyors are encouraged to attend and help mentor the new cohort. This outing will run approximately 2 hours over ~3 km of gentle trails. There are benches and a pit privy on site. Bad weather date will be Sunday, December 13. Directions to Tree Frog Woods will be provided upon registration.

For those unable to join the field-based outing, a virtual presentation with Q&A will be offered via Zoom. Date and time TBD based on participant availability – contact Carolyn to express interest.