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ORGANIZATION: The Grand Canyon Trust

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Pinyon jays - blue birds about the size of robins - live in pinyon and juniper forests across the Colorado Plateau. The birds and the trees are mutually dependent on one another: pinyon pines provide pinyon jays with food, and pinyon jays help pinyon pines spread their seeds. Both are facing unprecedented threats.

The pinyon jay population has shrunk by an estimated 85 percent since 1970, and the remaining population is expected to experience further declines in the next 50 years. Researchers believe a major reason for the decline is habitat loss. Across public lands in the West, federal agencies are proposing large-scale destruction of pinyon and juniper forests. After machines chew up the trees, the agencies often plant non-native grasses, which are a favorite of livestock.

We're looking for volunteers to help gather information about pinyon jays to inform sound management of pinyon and juniper forests in Arizona and throughout the Colorado Plateau. Read about how we used pinyon jay data to help protect over 30,000 acres of forest in Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in 2019 >

This is an independent citizen science project. You do the training, then you choose where, when, and how many hours you want to contribute.

Location: Arizona, or any pinyon and juniper forest on the Colorado Plateau.

Commitment: Collect data autonomously on at least four separate occasions (this can be done anytime throughout the year).

Requirements: Smartphone, a willingness to go hiking, and completion of our online training course.

Follow this link to signup! https://www.grandcanyontrust.org/birdwatch-arizona

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About The Grand Canyon Trust

Location:

2601 N. Fort Valley Rd., Flagstaff, AZ 86001, US

Mission Statement

To safeguard the wonders of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado Plateau, while supporting the rights of its Native peoples.

Description

We envision a Grand Canyon and Colorado Plateau where:

  • Wildness, the diversity of native plants and animals, clean air, and flowing rivers abound.
  • Sovereign tribal nations thrive.
  • A livable climate endures.
  • People passionately work to protect the region they love for future generations.
Volunteers are at the heart of what we aim to do - protect and restore the Colorado Plateau. Each year, hundreds of volunteers help us survey springs, plant native grasses, and document grazing impacts. Sometimes we pull weeds, other times we collect data, but thanks to our volunteers, we always bring passion and laughter to the task at hand.

Whether you’re an artist, academic, entrepreneur, or unemployed, we want you! The Grand Canyon Trust offers a variety of trips and volunteer opportunities to fit your lifestyle, interests, and skills. Trips usually run from April-September and are between one and five days long.

CAUSE AREAS

Animals
Environment
Animals, Environment

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Flagstaff, AZ 86001

(35.1816,-111.667)
 

SKILLS

  • Habitat Restoration
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Education
  • Data Entry
  • Environmental Science
  • Outdoor Recreation

GOOD FOR

  • Kids
  • Teens
  • People 55+
  • Group

REQUIREMENTS

  • Orientation or Training
  • Collect data autonomously on at least four separate occasions (this can be done anytime throughout the year).
  • Smartphone, a willingness to go hiking, and completion of our online training course.

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