Citizen Science is where the public volunteers time to assist scientists in their research. Citizen scientists can support professional researchers in a lot of ways—by submitting data, sharing experiences or spreading valuable information. Scientists benefit from having a lot more data to analyze and a pool of volunteers willing to help.
We have many members who are concerned about the environment and choose to help make a difference locally and in some cases, nationally. Anyone can be a citizen scientist—all you need is a passion for nature and helping your community.
Take a look at the various projects that Seminole Audubon Society is involved with and sign up to help today. This is the most fun thing we do!
Least Terns returned to Seminole County in 2013 as they established a nesting colony in the downtown Sanford area. Least Terns are a threatened shorebird which have taken to nesting on gravel rooftops in Florida. Our Least Tern survey team secures the rooftop so that the chicks are safe, monitors the breeding colony and provides the survey information to the Shorebird Alliance; a partnership of Audubon Florida, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The Seminole County Natural Lands Program includes nine properties and SAS conducts bird surveys on a different property each year. The information is submitted to Seminole County and provides both SAS and the land managers with detailed information to evaluate changes in bird populations over time.
The Seminole Audubon Society has conducted surveys of the wading bird colony on Jane Isle in Lake Jesup since the mid 1990s. This Colony is identified in the Florida Atlas of Breeding Sites for Herons and Allies as colony 612110 and is the largest colony of wading birds in Seminole County. The surveys are conducted by boat, using the Audubon Florida Flight-Line Protocol and information is submitted to Seminole County, Audubon Florida and The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
The Florida Scrub-Jay is our state’s only endemic bird species, found nowhere else in the world and the “Seminole Scrubbers” assist Audubon Florida(AF) with their annual survey of the Florida Scrub-Jay. AF coordinates the Jay Watch citizen science program statewide as they train and support volunteers to conduct scientific surveys that measure annual nesting success and count the total number of Florida Scrub-Jays at more than 50 sites in 19 counties. Click here to learn more about Audubon Jay Watch: http://fl.audubon.org/get-involved/jay-watch
Audubon Eagle Watch seeks information about Bald Eagles, active nest locations and possible disturbances or threats to nesting activities. The program is designed to educate volunteer participants about eagle nesting biology, applicable laws, the identification of nest threats, monitoring techniques and the verification of previously unrecorded active eagle- nesting. If you are interested in learning more, go to: http://fl.audubon.org/get-involved/audubon-eaglewatch
The Christmas Bird Count is the longest running citizen science project in the world, beginning Christmas Day in 1900. From December 14 through January 5 each year, tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas fan out to take part in the effort. The data collected by observers over the past century allow Audubon researchers, conservation biologists, wildlife agencies, and other interested individuals to study the long-term health and status of bird populations across North America. Seminole Audubon Society is in charge of the count in two zones of the Wekiva River count circle and our members participate in many other counts around the area. Please join us: http://www.audubon.org/conservation/join-christmas-bird-count
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