You don't have to be a scientist or researcher to participate in scientific studies! Even casual observations of the natural world can reveal species declines or previously unknown populations. In fact, many important, large scale studies would not be possible without data from the public! The NC Birding Trail has a new page of opportunities for novice to advanced birders and birdwatchers to collect data that will help scientists better understand bird populations.
Some upcoming projects:
1. Rusty Blackbird Blitz (Starting in March) - visit NCBT sites or other locations during the month of March and record any sightings of Rusty Blackbirds in eBird. - Some driving required; learn to identify 1 species; time commitment varies
2. Nightjar Surveys (May - July) - Travel a pre-determined route at night, listening for chuck-will's-widow, eastern whip-poor-will, and common nighthawks. Don't be intimidated, there's plenty of resources to learn their calls! - Some driving required at night; learn to identify 3 species; ~6 hrs
3. NestWatch (Spring-Summer) - Find and record the success or failure of nests in your neighborhood, or nearby park. Nests could be in a nestbox or not! - No driving required; backyard species ID; ~2-3 hrs per year
Stay tuned for other opportunities!