Photo: Bryan Stokes
Field work for the 2021 season is underway and we have a full complement of volunteers for this year. This was planned to be the fifth and final year of our study at Jocob's Point. It's unclear whether we'll be pursuing follow up research next year. Please contact us in early 2022 if you are interested in volunteering and we should have more details on plans for summer 2022.
What Do Volunteers Do?
Volunteers help carry and set up mist nets on the marsh to capture birds safely. As shown above, running through the saltmarsh to coax birds into the nets takes teamwork and some grit. Volunteers in the field need to move quickly, but carefully, on uneven terrain. (For people with limited mobility, you can help with data entry at the banding station and later via computer into the BANDIT database.)
Once in the net, birds are quickly and safely extracted by staff members Evan Lipton and Katie Christ.
Other opportunities for volunteer work include photographing the movements of banded birds throughout the marsh and plotting their locations on a grid map.
photos: Bryan Stokes
SALSri volunteers (left-to-right) Evan Lipton, Andy Eckerson, Matthew Eckerson (holding an Eastern Phoebe), Joel Eckerson, and Jonathan Eckerson at the Block Island Banding Station, April 28, 2019. Photo: Kim Gaffett