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, or you are a beginner wanting to learn more, 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. We ask for a commitment of at least one survey a month from April- October. 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.

 This position requires attending a training in the spring. If you would like to join after early June please note that we will be picking back up next spring.

***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!)***