The Birds in the Balance committee has been conducting wildlife surveys, primarily birds, for a number of years. We conduct bird censuses in a variety of areas at the request of government agencies, private citizens or businesses. The goal is provide those responsible for land management with data for making land use decisions that takes wildlife into account.
These surveys are usually done once a month for one year. A letter is sent to the applicable agency (e.g., King County Parks, Washington State Parks, various city parks, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, U.S. Forest Service, etc). If applicable, these letters include comments about what could be done to enhance or protect the habitat.
How Can I Participate?
The Bird in the Balance Committee is looking for volunteers to help conduct bird surveys in our East King County territory. Whether you are an experienced birder or just love birdwatching, surveys are a fun and rewarding way to contribute to the scientific database on birds. You will receive full training on how to conduct surveys or you may start by assisting more experienced volunteers.
We will be deciding which old and new areas to survey in the next few months. If you are interested in helping with bird surveys in our new East King County territory, please contact Len Steiner at email@example.com.
We follow a strict protocol in conducting bird surveys to ensure consistency in results across time and between sites. At least two volunteers on each survey team are skilled in identifying birds by both sight and sound. The data collected over an entire year gives us a good idea of the bird population in a specific area over time. Surveys done in the exact same manner in later years show how bird populations have changed. Correlating those changes with other factors, such as development or mitigation efforts that have taken place in the meantime, can point to factors that may have impacted the changes observed.
If you would like to see the results of surveys not included at the link above, please contact Hugh Jennings at hjenningseastsideaudubon.org.