Monday, June 9, 2014

Seeking Kestrel sightings

From FWC researchers:
Kestrel enthusiasts!
We have launched a new interactive web page to solicit sightings of Southeastern American Kestrels during the breeding season: 
This resource will help us update our understanding of kestrel distribution at a fine scale, build better habitat models, and target where to implement conservation actions.  Note we are accepting sightings from previous years as well!
Two other focal species of conservation concern are included on this sighting registry: Florida Burrowing Owl and Painted Bunting.
I would be grateful if you would disseminate this to your co-workers, staff, and students in your organization.  Feel free to post widely on birdwatching lists as well.
Thanks for your assistance!
Karl E. Miller, Ph.D.
Upland Nongame Bird Lead
Fish & Wildlife Research Institute
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission
1105 SW Williston Road
Gainesville, FL 32601
352-334-4215 (office)
352-955-2183 (fax)

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Florida Citizen Science suggestions

At a recent LEEF (League of Environmental Educators in Florida) retreat, the topic of citizen science projects and apps came up so I thought I'd share them here:
Gopher tortoise app: With your help, FWC will be able to better document where gopher tortoises are living within our Florida communities, and how we can work together to protect them. 
IveGot1: Easy species reporting of invasive plants and animals that captures your current location and allows you to submit an image of your sightings.
Kite Sight: A citizen science app for the reporting of Swallow Tail Kites (Elanoides forficatus)- this is an Android only download.
I just found a site that has a post for a bunch of other citizen science apps too.
And a site that brings together Citizen Science and the Classroom, check out this Educator's page with info on World Water Monitoring Challenge, School of Ants, Project Budburst and others.

Time to go exploring!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Swallowtail Kite Sightings

From Swallowtail Kite Sighting website:
Hello Citizen Scientist,

Sightings have already begun to come in from Florida, so it's official, the Swallow-tailed Kite 2014 spring migration is in motion!

Thank you for your participation in 2013 on this project hosted by the Avian Conservation Center and Center for Birds of Prey in Charleston, South Carolina.  With your help we were able to document 3380 birds in 17 states as well as Toronto, Bermuda, and Brazil! Some birds traveled further North than we expected, and others traveled into their former range in the Midwest!

This year we're hoping to continue the increase in reporting and to engage even more Citizen Scientists in this important effort.

Swallow-tailed Kites are an avian species of concern.  Continued loss of the hardwood bottom land forest habitats they require for a successful breeding season has had an effect on the population size and reach.  This project helps identify geographic range and productivity of this unique and breathtaking species.

For more information or to report a sighting, click here:

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Opportunities with FWC

From  Necia Godzisz, FWC Southwest Region Volunteer Coordinator:

Looking for volunteers to participate in tegu canvassing on March 8th from 9am-5pm.  Sign up for Tegu Canvassing By Clicking Here!

Help educate your friends and neighbors about the tegu issue in Hillsborough County so we can better combat this issue that is impacting our local environment.  Invasive species can cause serious harm to native habitats, and organisms.  Incidentally, just today an article was published by the Tampa Tribune about the tegu!  Click here to read the recent article about tegus.  No prior experience necessary, all training done on site the day of.
We also need lots more for the invasive plant work day on March 15th, in Haines City at the Osprey Unit!  Please sign up today!  Sign up to Rid the Osprey Unit of Pesky Invasive Plants!  No prior experience necessary, all training done on site the day of.
Information on locations, times, dates, and more can be found on the links above.  If you need more information beyond what is contained on the calendar links, feel free to ask. 
Lastly, if you were hoping to sign up for the wading birds program, be sure to send me an email about whether or not you are attending the training session we are holding for it at 2pm on March 9th, at Lake Somerset.  This will be hosted by Ann Paul from Audubon… it will be very informative and helpful for this project and you will need to attend to participate!  Don’t let this opportunity pass you by, it will be many great days outside this season!
Some requirements for the wading bird program:
-Are 18 years or older (though we are working on getting it also approved for those under 18 with a parent, it is not yet approved)
-Own some binoculars you could bring along with you to monitor the nests
-Are able to swim – life jackets will be provided
-Are vaguely familiar with using canoes – a training will be provided to further teach you, but some familiarity with canoes or kayaks is preferred.
-Are willing to commit to the season which lasts from March to August to help with this project.  (Only one day every other week)
Please sign up today to help out, we need you!
Necia Godzisz
FWC Southwest Region Volunteer Coordinator
Office: 863-648-3829