As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday, 16 June 2014

FWC wants to know: Have you seen these birds?

SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is asking for the public’s help in locating three species of rare birds during their breeding seasons.

Jeanne Dubi loves the outdoors and watching nature. She has a small native outdoor garden where she raises monarch butterflies and has seen over 70 species of birds in her backyard over the years. “I mean the world is less rich with fewer wildlife.”

Dubi is also the president of the Sarasota Audubon Society. “We in Audubon are very interested in citizen science. We help in lots of ways.”

One way they help is by assisting the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The FWC is asking the public and citizen scientists to help locate three species of rare birds during breeding season that last through July.

The southeastern American kestrel, the burrowing owl and the painted bunting are rare and declining species and the FWC has created a Rare Bird Registry where the public can quickly map locations where they observe these species.

“I think FWC is more interested in the breeding cycle of these birds, but never the less we will start try and start monitoring them in non breeding cycles as well.”

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