Volunteers Needed for Community Science Project

Project Phoenix – a new community science project to study how wildfire smoke impacts birds in California. Project Phoenix is a joint partnership between the UCLA La Kretz Center for California Conservation Science and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County.

Project Phoenix is open to all birders and bird enthusiasts – regardless of previous birding experience. To support beginner birders, we provide resources on species identification, including free courses from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Project Phoenix volunteers are helping us monitor birds by conducting weekly, ten-minute surveys of birds at a location of their choosing, now through the end of October. We are still actively enrolling volunteers. We hope that Project Phoenix will encourage participation in research, inspire community action to protect birds in California, and expand the reach of the mental health benefits of birding.


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