Water levels are the best they have been going into the third year of the Breeding Bird Atlas project. The plan is to search for breeding waterfowl (such as blue and green-winged teal, gadwalls, and northern shovelers), and marsh birds (American coots, pied-billed grebes, etc.). Volunteers will split into teams and search from roads or by walking into a few sites. We will have a planned route for each team. If you are not experienced with all waterfowl species you will be pared up with others that know their waterfowl. Field glasses are required and spotting scopes are helpful to use if you have them.
We will be concentrating on 18 priority atlas blocks in Columbia County and we can use many volunteers.
We will stop for lunch at a local restaurant. If you can only make half of the day please let us know. We will let those in the afternoon know where to meet.
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m, or 9:30 a.m. to noon, or 12:45 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Contact Mark and Sue Martin at goosep@madisonaudubon .org or call Mark at 608-333-9645 or Maddie Dumas at 612-227-7671.