Bird Surveys

Birding volunteer opportunities with the Land Trust.

Downy woodpecker. Photo: John Williams.
Downy woodpecker. Photo: John Williams.

If you're an avid birder who likes to visit birding hot spots throughout the year, then we'd love to have your help! 

The Land Trust is in need of volunteers to conduct bird surveys year-round at various Land Trust protected lands. The goal is to monitor local bird population so we can see how they are doing. 

Bird surveyors volunteer as many days a year as they like during migration season and beyond. The level of physical difficulty and hiking mileage varies with each Preserve (see below for details). Bird Surveyors are needed for:

  • Camp Polk Meadow Preserve: Survey the lower meadow and see the effects of the Whychus Creek restoration up close! Difficult terrain with shorter mileage.
  • Indian Ford Meadow Preserve: Survey the whole meadow and enjoy scenic mountain views. Moderate terrain with low mileage.
  • Metolius Preserve: Survey pine forest and creekside habitat along Lake Creek. Easy terrain with moderate mileage.
  • Whychus Canyon Preserve: Survey sagebrush plateaus and along Whychus Creek while helping establish this Preserve bird list! More difficult terrain with higher mileage.
  • Skyline Forest: Help establish the initial bird lists for this large forested property near Bend.


***If you'd like to become a volunteer Bird Surveyor, please fill out our online form and we'll be in touch! (Be sure to indicate Bird Surveys under projects!)***