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.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Volunteers to create bird atlas for Santa Cruz County

By Andrew Lachman,
POSTED: 03/10/18, 4:00 AM PST | UPDATED: 5 HRS AGO
Santa Cruz Bird ATlas

What: Training for volunteer birders interested in helping create a Santa Cruz County bird atlas.
When: 8 a.m. Saturday, Sunday and April 6.

Where: Sorrento Oaks Senior Park clubhouse, 800 Brommer St., Santa Cruz, 95062

SANTA CRUZ >> Soon, an army of birders will fan out throughout Santa Cruz County with their binoculars and boots, to count how many birds are breeding in the area.

Organized by the Santa Cruz Bird Club, the goal is, for the next seven years, to map and analyze the distribution and abundance of county’s breeding bird population.

The results will be published in The Santa Cruz County Breeding Bird Atlas II in 2023 and will provide a comparison to a similar study completed in 1993. California and much of the nation’s counties typically produce a breeding bird atlas every 25 to 30 years.

“It’s a snapshot of the nature and health of the birds that breed here,” said Alex Rinkert, director of the project and a UC Santa Cruz trained ecology and evolutionary biologist. “The area has a remarkable amount and variety of breeding birds.”

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