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May 20, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Virtual Black Oystercatcher Community Science Training

Important changes due to COVID-19: Oregon Black Oystercatcher Project surveys are currently moving forward under the following guidelines.

  • Only conduct surveys on your own or with members of your immediate household.
  • Only volunteers from the local area on the coast will be recruited (all volunteers from the Willamette Valley and elsewhere from the interior are being asked to not assist at this time)
  • If members of the public are encountered during the survey, all social distancing policies will be adhered (remain at least 6 feet away, bring sanitizer/disinfectant with you and clean your hands before and after your survey)
  • We will not actively recruit new volunteers at this point and will mostly rely on experienced volunteers. We will not be promoting the project or posting social media of monitoring sessions. Unlike in previous years we will not have volunteers do any formal outreach to the public until the situation improves.

Any sites that are currently closed (state parks, etc.) will not be visited for surveys. These plans may change. Please contact Joe Liebezeit at jliebezeit@birdallianceoregon.org and Frances Buchanan at asopcoastalbirds@gmail.com with questions.


Black Oystercatchers are a striking and easily recognizable bird in which we share our coast. It is also a species of conservation concern because of its small population size and vulnerability to a variety of impacts. Our work with this bird is helping in or efforts to protect rocky shoreline habitats. Learn more about the Black Oystercatcher Project

If you would like to learn more about this amazing bird and are interested in helping with Bird Alliance of Oregon’s community science effort to monitor oystercatchers on the coast, consider attending this training. The training will cover Black Oystercatcher life history, conservation challenges they face, and instructions on how to participate in our nest monitoring program.

A photo of two Black Oystercatchers searching for food on the rocky shores.
Black Oystercatcher, photo by Scott Carpenter

Partners: USFWS, USGS, Friends of Cape Falcon, Haystack Rock Awareness Program, Friends of Haystack Rock, Bird Alliance of Oregon Society of Lincoln City, Cape Arago Bird Alliance of Oregon, Kalmiopsis Bird Alliance of Oregon

Questions? Contact Joe Liebezeit at jliebezeit@birdallianceoregon.org.


May 20, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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