Project Description: Support our NestWatch program, an international citizen science program which collects data on nesting birds for research use. Throughout nesting season, the volunteer will visit 12 nest boxes located at Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve and record data using the NestWatch iPad app. Keep close count of eggs, baby birds, and numbers of successfully fledged young. Volunteer must be able to commit to weekly or twice-weekly visits in order to fulfill research needs.
Impact: Data collected through NestWatch contributes to climate research, conservation of threatened species, and understanding of bird reproduction, biology, and behavior.
Volunteer Duties: Volunteers must independently visit nest boxes to collect and record data. Volunteers will walk approximately 1 mile on trails and uneven ground to 12 locations using a map to navigate. NestWatch protocols must be followed to correctly and safely approach and examine each nest box. Volunteers will use identification guides to identify the species using the nest box and make notes on nest condition, eggs laid, pests or predators, adult bird activity, and progress of young.
Twice-weekly data collection is important, so the volunteer must be able to commit to a regular day of the week. Preference will be given to volunteers who can commit to two visits per week. Each shift should begin between 10 a.m. and mid-afternoon and will take 1 - 1.5 hours to complete. This opportunity is NOT suitable for someone with a bee sting allergy.
Work Environment: Data collecting will take place outside in the elements, so volunteers should dress accordingly. There is the possibility of uneven ground. There will be restrooms available in the park. Hazards include exposure to sun, heat, weather, wildlife, bees, and wasps. This opportunity is NOT suitable for someone with a bee sting allergy.
Volunteer Requirements: Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. All potential volunteers will need to fill out an application (that will be emailed to them) and pass a background check prior to starting. All volunteers will need to fill out an agreement and release form. Volunteer must be able to safely walk on uneven ground, navigate on trails, learn to identify several bird species, carry a backpack weighing 5-10 pounds, collect data on paper and digital forms, and practice safety and good decision-making. Volunteer must attend reliably and communicate well with Preserve staff. Training will be provided.
Other Instructions: Please wear closed-toe shoes such as sneakers or hiking/work boots. Volunteers in this program will be supplied with iPads strictly for the use and duration of this project.
COVID-19 Policy: Volunteers and staff must follow the COVID-19 policies below so that projects are safe for everyone.
Social distancing must be practiced (6-feet between individuals)
Individuals may be asked by staff to participate in infrared temperature checks upon arrival
Everyone must wear a face mask or face shield (not provided)
State, federal, and local mandates must be followed
If you have been out of state within two weeks prior to the event, please notify Preserve staff and do not volunteer
Per department policy, this volunteer opportunity is not to be used towards court-appointed/ suggested community service hours.
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Education & Literacy
Mon Mar 15, 2021 - Sun Jun 13, 2021
08:00 AM - 06:00 PM
2900 Horse Shoe Farm Rd,Wake Forest, NC27587
February 16, 2021
Must be at least 18
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. All potential volunteers will need to fill out an application (that will be emailed to them) and pass a background check prior to starting. All volunteers will need to fill out an agreement and release form.