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Black Oystercatcher Community Science Training

May 9, 2020 | 10:00 am - 12:00 pm PDT

Black Oystercatchers are a striking and easily recognizable bird in which we share our coast. It is also a species of conservation concern because of its small population size and vulnerability to a variety of impacts. Our work with this bird is helping in or efforts to protect rocky shoreline habitats.

The good news is that, because this project can be done independently, we will be able to move forward with the project in a limited way following changes and guidelines that are outlined below:

We had previously scheduled 3 in-person trainings in May on the north, central, and south coasts – those are now cancelled. We will shift our in-person trainings to two virtual on-line trainings using Zoom. We will record at least one of the trainings so you can view it on your own time if you can’t make one of the “live” virtual trainings. Our virtual training dates will be:

  • Saturday May 9: 10am-12pm
  • Wednesday May 20: 6-8pm

The trainings will cover project background, nest monitoring protocol review, hard copy and on-line data forms, scheduling. If you would like to attend the Zoom virtual training, please RSVP to Frances Buchanan (asopcoastalbirds@gmail.com). Portland Audubon will send you a zoom invite in the coming weeks. You’ll need to fill out a brief form to register for the training.

Nest Monitoring:
Of the 38 survey routes we have documented oystercatcher nests over the past 5 years, approximately 20 of those have some sort of closure. All State Parks in Oregon are closed. All state wayside parking areas are closed. In addition, many cities and counties have filed emergency declarations to prohibit visitors from other cities at this time. Please remember to be respectful of these closures. It is the residents of these areas who are asking you to please stay home. The communities on the coast are very small and rural with limited resources. We will focus on the sites that are accessible to residents, and hope the oystercatchers and other birds in the fully closed areas will have a very peaceful nesting season.

If you live inland, please let us know so we can keep you up to date on the best ways to stay involved in your local area. We encourage you to attend the online training.

For residents to areas where we will be monitoring Black Oystercatcher Nests we encourage you to follow the latest best practices on social distancing:

  • Please wear a cloth mask and bring hand sanitizer.
  • Monitor by yourself or with a member of your household.
  • If members of the public are encountered during the survey, Please adhere to all social distancing policies (remain at least 6 feet away, etc.)
  • Only do surveys you are comfortable with.

Partners: USFWS, USGS, Friends of Cape Falcon, Haystack Rock Awareness Program, Friends of Haystack Rock, Audubon Society of Lincoln City, Cape Arago Audubon, Kalmiopsis Audubon

Questions? Contact Frances Buchanan (asopcoastalbirds@gmail.com).


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Newport, OR 97365 United States
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