Join our COMMUNITY Science team!
We have many ways for you to get involved with on-the-grounds conservation! Check out the community science programs that are happening now:
Join Utah’s premier birder and Tracy Aviary’s Conservation Ecologist, Bryant Olsen, on a bird walk! These walks change locations each week, taking you to beautiful spaces in the city, suburbs, and just a little bit beyond the city’s reach. You do not need to be an expert at birding—all you need is your curiosity for learning!
Who: Birders at all skills levels
When: Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday mornings
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Breeding Bird Surveys
Always wanted to try your hand out at wildlife biology? Here’s your change to learn the same skills used by ornithologists. Don’t let the big word scare you—this is just a fancy term for someone who studies birds. With our training, you can become an ornithologist, too!
Who: This project has roles for both beginner and experienced birders.
What: Community scientists in this project will get training on how to do point count surveys and recognize Utah birds. Your efforts will help us inform conservation and management.
How: Training is offered online and through 3-4 workshops over the winter. Workshops take place in evenings and on weekends.
When: Training is in late February-March. Surveys are in April-July.
Salt Lake Avian Collision Survey (SLACS)
During spring and fall migration (April-May and September-October), our SLACS team goes on early morning surveys in downtown Salt Lake City looking for birds that have collided with buildings overnight. This study helps us better understand the impact of light pollution on birds, and is guiding a 'Lights Out Salt Lake' initiative in 2018. Find out more about SLACS here.
Alta Nest Box Monitoring
A team of citizen scientists helps with weekly nest box checks for 20 songbird and 20 owl boxes placed in different habitat types around Alta Ski Area. We snowshoe, ski, or hike out to nest boxes and use cameras on extension poles to check for owl and songbird chicks. Nest checks go from March through July. Now recruiting new participants! Fill out a volunteer application by February 28!
Project Broadtail is a citizen science project that help us better understand the Broad-tailed Hummingbird, a bird of conservation concern that is common but declining in the state of Utah. Participants document hummingbird locations around their home and in recreation areas for the season that they are in Utah - approximately April through September. Learn more about Project Broadtail here.
Non-breeding Bird Surveys
Our citizen science team surveys our study sites year-round to better understand how birds use habitat throughout their entire life cycle. Join our trained survey leader on non-breeding surveys where participants walk through the site as a group to count birds. No previous bird ID skills required. View a schedule and sign up here.