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Survey for National Volunteer Monitoring Directory

Monitoring program names:
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Birds in Forested Landscapes

Affiliation, if you are part of a national, statewide, or regional network (e.g., Izaak Walton League, Texas Watch):

Contact Information
Name:Sara Barker; Jim Lowe Street:159 Sapsucker Woods Rd.
City: IthacaState: New York
Zip Code:14850Phone: 607 254-2446
Email:forest_birds@cornell.eduWeb site1:
Fax: 607 254-2415Web site2:

Does your program serve as an "umbrella" organization for smaller monitoring groups? Yes

Number of Active volunteers (excluding school classes):1700
For programs that work with schools: Teachers Number:0 Students Number:0

Approx. annual monitoring budget: $ Year monitoring began: 1997

Sources of funding or in-kind support
Federal Government State Government Local Government
X Foundations Businesses Memberships
X Donations Grass roots fundraising (events, solicitations, etc.)Other:

Does program have a written QA (quality assurance) plan?No Is it state-approved?No
EPA-approved? No

Does program have monitoring-related publications you are willing to share with, or sell to, other groups?Yes

Counties in which you monitor:

Program description:
Birds in Forested Landscapes links volunteer birders, land managers, and professional biologists in a study of habitat requirements of seven species of forest thrushes and two accipiters (Cooper's and Sharp-shinned Hawks). Our findings will be used to develop management recommendations for conserving forest birds and their habitats. These recommendations will become part of the North American Bird Consevation Plan, being developed by Partners in Flight. Our goal is to determine which specific habitat and landscape features are associated with successful breeding populations of forest thrushes and hawks.

Environments monitored:
Land, Wetland

Physical/chemical monitoring:
Rainfall, Water temp.

Biological monitoring:
Birds, Exotic / Invasive species, Wildlife

Exotic/Invasive Species:
Brown-headed Cowbird;

Additional activities:

Restoration activities:

Data Uses
EducationOur program, Non-governmental community organizations, University scientists
Research Our program, Non-governmental community organizations, University scientists
Community organizing 
Screen for problems 
Establish baseline conditions 
Nonpoint source assessment 
BMP evaluation 
Land use decisionsNon-governmental community organizations, Local government, State government, Federal government
Watershed planning 
Plan restoration projects 
Shellfish bed closures 
Swimming advisories 
State 305(b) report 


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