The Center for Conservation Biology (https://ccbbirds.org/) is looking for local VOLUNTEERS to assist with a research project investigating winter ecology of Ipswich sparrows along the mid-Atlantic coast from early December 2019-late Mar 2020.
CCB has been working to fill knowledge gaps in winter habitat use by this species since 2010. Ipswich sparrows have a unique annual cycle breeding on only one known island (Sable Island) off the coast of Nova Scotia and spending their winters in coastal dunes of the mid-Atlantic.
The following links summarize our research over the past two seasons:
Our schedule is dependent on weather, but we plan to capture birds during three 7-10 day periods, starting in late November and ending in mid-March. Field sites will include Grandview Nature Preserve, Chincoteague Island National Wildlife Refuge, Assateague Island National Seashore, and a few other locations from New Jersey to North Carolina. Shared housing is optional in a bunkhouse-type setting during WORKDAYS ONLY depending on your area of origin.
We often trap during weekends and our schedule is flexible based on volunteer availability. If you are interested but unclear on your specific availability, you can be added to our volunteer mailing list and we will keep you updated as the season and field outings approach.
Previous field or outdoor experience is desired (particularly with mist nets), but not required. Hiking coastal dunes can be intensive, but the scenery and birding are rewarding. Interested parties should be able to dedicate a minimum of 3 days for at least one period of trapping/fieldwork. Your participation would present opportunities to work alongside professional research biologists and gain experience with mist-netting as well as vegetation sampling techniques.