Spend a day in the great outdoors on Fri 25th, Sat 26th &/or Sun 27th May. Book in a couple of friends and a little bit of kit, choose when and where, test out our bird ID training resources and make sure you know what’s needed on the day.
Here's what you need to do, to become a fully-fledged contributor to Where Where Wedgie:
Learn what's involved (just read below...) and lock at least one of the dates (25th-27th May) into your diary.
Choose, explore and register the place you'd like to do your survey. You can survey one or more 4km x 4km areas ('squares') on 25th, 26th &/or 27th May (all three days if you like!) - doing ideally at least six 10-minute surveys in each square, each either on the hour or the half hour, any time between 8 am and 4.30 pm on each day. It will be much the most useful if you can do a 'priority' square. Discover why we’re doing it like this under Survey design in the training resources. Learn more, and book your square, in Take Part.
Assemble your team & some kit Your dream team is three people: one who doesn’t take their eyes from the sky and the bush, and uses the binoculars if you can get hold of some; if you can get hold of a photographer with a telephoto lens, it would be helpful to photograph any of the birds you spot; finally you need someone with a clipboard to write down the details. It’s the most fun if you can share your findings straightaway, so if one of you has a smartphone and is comfortable using it that’s handy - this will also greatly help with recording your location.
Hone your skills If you have skills already - wonderful! - but we’re providing resources to help you prepare from scratch. Learn about everything from using binoculars to advanced bird of prey identification online and, if you can, at a workshop. (Workshops are being held across Tasmania in May). Practise doing a survey: we’ll be sharing a datasheet nearer the time.
Be in your chosen area, ready to observe and record, on your chosen day(s)! And join in on local activities at the end of the weekend to celebrate our findings.
Nature Trackers is a Bookend Trust initiative. Bookend Trust is a not-for-profit education initiative that seeks to inspire students and their communities with the positive environmental careers they can build making the world a better place. Funded through the donation of time, energy and resources by private individuals concerned about building a positive and co-operative environmental future for our students and community.