This week I had my FIRST bird survey of the season! For those not familiar with surveying, it consists of counting and identifying certain species of birds. The focus of my survey is set in two specific locations along Yaquina Bay. With the use of my binoculars and a telescope I am able to classify each bird. Identifying the species is the most fulfilling part of it all! Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it superman? Nope, it’s definitely a bird.
Unfortunately, I had no luck in finding shorebirds this week, but we did spot two hungry raptors, a Bald Eagle and an Osprey. But why birds, you may ask? What’s the big deal? Birds are a critical asset to the environment; they are indicators of environmental change, control the insect population, and disperse seeds, etc. Through the data I retrieve, bird scientists can map migration patterns and determine bird mortality along the Oregon coast. I am just one person contributing to larger picture of bird conservation!
On another note, I recommend buying a pair of binoculars and going bird watching. It’s quite peaceful! But most importantly, you can bird watch anywhere and everywhere free of charge.