6/12/2013 UPDATE: There have been a few changes to the itinerary. Please see below for the updated information. Please remember to register for the event so you can receive the latest updates and details about the blitz!
Hey birders! You love birding, right? And here at Oregon 2020, we love your bird data! Join us on our first County Birding Blitz – where we survey as many birds as we can in a single Oregon county. All the data collected helps fill out gaps in our Oregon 2020 dataset. The Polk County Birding Blitz is tentatively scheduled from Saturday, June 22nd to Sunday, June 23rd. Best of all, it’s FREE to attend!
We selected Polk County because it provides a wide diversity of birds, is easy for many Oregon residents to access, and – according to eBird – is relatively under-surveyed. Polk county contains Yellow-breasted Chats, Grasshopper Sparrows, Red-eyed Vireos, and Mountain Quail. Baskett Slough is a birding gem that holds plenty of ducks, as well as Black-necked Stilts and even White-faced Ibises!
On the morning of Saturday, June 22 we will break into groups and count birds in assigned areas of the countryside. After formal surveying in the morning, birders can visit county hotspots (like Baskett Slough, ec.) in the afternoon. There are also opportunities for evening birding or visiting Rogue Farm for refreshments. There will be additional opportunities to bird on Sunday the 23rd. This will be a free event! However, participants will be responsible for their own accommodations and meals. We plan to rendezvous at 5:30 am on each morning in Monmouth (location TBA, but likely the Burgerville parking lot off 99W). Each afternoon starting at 4pm we will be at the Dallas Best Western to recap the day and enter data.
Would you like to join us? Please help us plan by registering in advance.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. We look forward to seeing you there!