Bluebird Trail is the newest citizen science program at the Mohonk Preserve, with the kick-off season starting in 2018. In 2017, with help from students from the San Miguel Academy of Newburgh and other volunteer groups, bluebird boxes were installed in grassland areas within the Preserve in efforts to promote the recovery of bluebirds and other native cavity-nesting bird species. The Bluebird Trail project seeks to monitor and record occupancy and productivity over time in relation to habitat quality. Volunteer citizen scientists will be trained in specific data collection and naturalist observation protocols and will conduct regular monitoring at assigned bluebird boxes located throughout the Preserve.
Sign up (http://signup.com/go/qdAMpNq) for our Bluebird Trail orientation on Saturday, April 7 at 9:00 AM at the Mohonk Preserve Visitor Center.
- Monitoring takes places from the beginning of April through the end of August
- Receive training in assessment of nest progression
- Observe bluebird boxes every 5-8 days
- Must submit observations via online form on the same day as observation
1. Ability to identify common bird species strongly preferred.
2. Required equipment includes personal pair of binoculars and camera (can be a phone camera)
3. Hone skills in data collection and bird observation
4. Be willing to hike off-trail through unmaintained fields
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