Fall Sandhill Crane Survey

 

The US Fish & Wildlife Services Division of Migratory Birds has once again asked Pennsylvania to participate in the Fall Sandhill Crane Survey.  This year the survey will be conducted on October 30. If October 30 is not possible, then the survey should fall within the period Oct. 30 - Nov. 3

Participate in the Annual Heron Survey

The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) is responsible for protecting heron populations and tracking their distribution in the state.  The PGC is conducting a comprehensive survey of heron colonies.  The goal is to count all the nests of each species—Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Black-crowned Night-Heron, and Yellow-crowned Night-Heron—at each site, creating a "snapshot" of the distribution of nesting herons statewide. If you know where herons are nesting, the PGC would appreciate hearing from you. Don't assume someone else will report local nests.

Report Goshawk Sightings

 

The Ornithological Technical Committee of PA Biological Survey is seeking birders' assistance in reporting sightings of Northern Goshawks across the state, particularly between early April to July.  The last Atlas results suggest that goshawks may no longer nest along Kittatinny Ridge. This project wants to send experienced birders into areas where known nests were once reported or where a model of habitat needs suggests possible prime habitat to see if there are signs of goshawks or territories that are occupied, specifically potential or historically-used habitat from Appalachians northward. If sites are still occupied, the project will try to provide protection to ensure their safety.

 

Help Monitor Chimney Swifts in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania is seeking help monitoring usage of its 150 Chimney Swift towers throughout the Southwestern Pennsylvania region. Swifts are a neo-tropical migratory bird that has experienced a serious decline over the last 50 years.