This morning, a 2017 Eastmont High School graduate and summer intern at the Wenatchee World, Hunter Brawley, came along on his first-ever bird-watching outing. He used his camera to capture snippets of the monthly Chelan-Douglas Land Trust (CDLT) walking bird survey. In just a few hours, he created a terrific video about our on-going citizen science project using eBird, conducted by CDLT at Mountain Home Preserve in Leavenworth.
Starting at 6am, we saw 27 different species in under three hours along the 1.1 mile walking route. CDLT is collecting bird species abundance and diversity data prior to implementing a forest thinning project in the fall. The project is designed to create a more open, less dense forest dominated by ponderosa pine that will additionally result in a more fire-safe urban interface with the city of Leavenworth. Citizen science volunteers will continue to collect bird data yearly to learn how bird use responds to the change in forest structure. Visit the CDLT website to learn more about on-going citizen science volunteer opportunities.