Did you see the movie “The Big Year”? Perhaps, like me, you saw a little something of yourself in those characters as they jetted around the world chasing the perfect bird.
Have you ever thought about doing a big year? Then maybe you’ll be interested in my plans!
I am a New Jersey Audubon member, citizen scientist, and avid birder. During 2013, I plan to complete a New Jersey Big Year and search out as many bird species as I can find in our magnificent Garden State.
This program has several goals, including:
- foster environmental awareness among New Jersey’s citizens through active participation
- protect New Jersey’s birds and other animals, especially endangered and threatened species through collection of data on bird distributions and abundance, population trends, migration patterns
- promote habitat preservation by improving our knowledge of the ecology of New Jersey through the contributions of Citizen Scientists.
Since 2006, I have been active in the NJA Citizen Science program and participated in Grassland, Pinelands, Piedmont, and Nightjar surveys. As a Citizen Scientist, I have developed a deep appreciation for the natural areas of New Jersey and benefited enormously from my association with other Citizen Scientist and the hardworking, dedicated staff of the New Jersey Audubon.
Won’t you come along with me as I listen for Ruffed Grouse at High Point or Chuck-will’s-widow in the Pine Barrens, or scan the hayfields of a Hunterdon County farm as a Citizen Scientist for Grasshopper Sparrow and Eastern Meadowlark?
I hope you will!