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Kathy Jones Bird Studies

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Illinois Birders needed to complete Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Surveys,  especially within the Waukegan Area of Concern.
Volunteers are needed in Illinois this spring to monitor marsh birds and amphibians for the Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program (MMP). The MMP provides long-term monitoring of marsh birds and frogs and toads in marshes throughout the Great Lakes. Data collected is used to monitor the health of the Great Lakes and its marshes.  While MMP surveys can occur anywhere within the Great Lakes basin the MMP Regional Coordinator for Waukegan Area of Concern has specifically identified the need for additional bird surveys.  Most importantly he would like to see the MMP route at Illinois State Beach Park and at Waukegan Com_Ed surveyed.
Anyone interested in participating can learn more about the program at www.birdscanada.org/volunteer/glmmp.  You can also view an interactive map of available marsh monitoring routes at http://goo.gl/l4DJM   (you can adjust the map to your area of interest then just click on the markers for more information).
Materials will be mailed out to participants in late February, if you are interested, please contact Kathy Jones at volunteer@birdscanada.org at your earliest convenience.  If you would like to be put in touch with Don Wilson, the MMP Regional Coordinator for Waukegan Area of Concern, just let Kathy know and she will forward you his email.

This has been posted with permission of the Illinois Birding Forum moderator.


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Bird Conservation Network (www.bcnbirds.org) is a Chicago area coalition of 18 bird clubs, Audubon chapters and bird conservation organizations.  We have a network of more than 100 monitors.  If you would care to let me know more about what you need and how many people, what and when, perhaps we can give you a hand finding qualified people.

Donnie Dann, a past-president and current Avocacy Chair of BCN has been monitoring for you for more than 15 years, he reports.


Mary Lou Mellon


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