Excellent birders are needed to help conduct the annual Kirtlands Warbler Census for approximately one week in June each year. Because volunteers are trained to become census experts, they are asked to commit to a minimum of 3 days per year for 5 years. Good birding, navigation and hiking skills are essential. If you apply, please describe your bird identification skills and your ability to commit to the program.
The census is physically demanding, so volunteers must be in excellent physical condition. Each day, the census typically lasts about 4 or 5 hours. Long walks (2 miles +) through thick jack pine are common. Temperatures can range from below freezing in the early morning, to 85 degrees late morning. Jack pine pollen can also be very heavy during the census for those who have allergies.
Census routes are conducted in teams of two people each according to the census protocol. Volunteers new to the census will walk with an experienced route leader. Although we do not make a special effort to see the birds we hear, we hope to see a few of the Kirtland’s warblers as we run transects through the jack pine.
HOUSING & AMENITIES Type: Camp Sites Description: Camp sites are provided for census participants, but most volunteers choose to stay in local motels at their own expense.