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Volunteers sought for Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program


Chris Merkord

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Volunteers are being sought to monitor marsh birds (and frogs!) this spring throughout the Great Lakes basin of Ontario and the United States. Participants in the Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program provide long-term information about these wildlife populations. The results are also used to assess the state of the Great Lakes and their marshes

 

Marsh-bird surveys will range from mid-May to early July, depending on location on the Great Lakes, and will have a special emphasis on species missed by other surveys (e.g., rails and bitterns).

 

Bird Studies Canada launched the program throughout the Great Lakes basin in 1995. The project is delivered by Bird Studies Canada with support from Environment Canada, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Government of Ontario, and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. Materials should be sent to over 500 already-committed volunteers toward the end of this month.

 

For a map of sites, see here:

www.google.com/fusiontables/DataSource?snapid=S830208s9Ss

 

And for more details and volunteer information, see here:

www.birdscanada.org/volunteer/glmmp/

 

Source: Birding Community E-bulletin, February 2014.

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