Volunteer Field Assistants needed to count migrating raptors in a flyway bottleneck in southern Turkey, with a specific focus on Egyptian Vultures. Large soaring birds migrating around the Mediterranean Sea concentrate in southern Turkey and our observation points record >100.000 raptors every September. The primary duty is to visually count raptors that migrate over three observation points. At each observation point, 3 volunteers are needed for (1) bird identification; (2) counting; and (3) data entry via a mobile app (trektellen.org).
Requirements: Experienced or enthusiastic birders with good raptor spotting or identification skills (in flight); less experienced people (trainees) are welcome but we need a balance of experienced birders to facilitate training. We will pair experienced and less experienced birders every day, so trainees will have the opportunity to rapidly learn identification and data entry procedures.
You should be reasonably healthy and able to withstand exposure to direct hot sunlight for ~8 hours every day for 7 days a week. You will be working in a culturally diverse team with members from many other nations and backgrounds. We communicate in English.
Work schedule: Monday-Sunday, from ~6:45 am -17:30 pm. If sufficient volunteers are present participants can take a day off.
Position dates: 1-30 September 2019; applicants can come for the entire month or just for two weeks. Very experienced birders can also come for a shorter period (1 week), but we will try and give preference to people who will stay longer because it reduces the amount of instruction required.
Pay: This is a volunteer position. Housing and local transport is provided, but applicants from wealthy countries are encouraged to contribute ~US$15 per day towards costs of food, accommodation and transport.
How to apply: For more information and to apply online go to our website