Warner Wetlands Bird Monitoring

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Bitteroot blooms on north-facing cliffs in western North America.

The Paiute name for bitteroot is kangedya. Traditional Native American uses of the plant included eating the roots, mixed with berries and meat, and using the roots to treat sore throats.



Durlin Hicock, Alice Elshoff Award winner

Durlin Hicock, Alice Elshoff Award winner

“Protecting public land is part of my spiritual being. It’s central to my identity to be in wilderness and to see it protected.” Durlin is proud to protect public lands for future generations, saying, “The highlight of my childhood was our family’s weekend outdoor trips. I look forward to my grandchildren having similar experiences outside in their lifetimes, and it wouldn’t be possible without ONDA.”


Carl Axelsen, member since 1999

Carl Axelsen, member since 1999

You folks at ONDA really have your stuff together. Such a well-planned opportunity to comment, since figuring out how to connect with the gummint is off-putting. You make it work for me.

Organizer: Stewardship Team

Project Timeline: 5/24/2023 through 9/30/2023

Region: Warner Wetlands

Difficulty Rating: Level 2: Moderate

Volunteers Needed: 20 volunteers

Please note, for this project you will need to have moderate to advanced birding identification skills. If you are confident identifying birds by sight and sound and have participated in multi-site bird counts before, you’d be well suited for this project. Less experienced birders are welcome to accompany a more experienced birder, but at least one member of each volunteer team must be an experienced birder. If you have any questions, please contact us.

About the place

This project takes place on the traditional lands of the Numu, or Northern Paiute people, the Burns Paiute Tribe, and the the Klamath Tribes, including the Klamaths, the Modocs and the Yahooskin. This region was and remains an important fishing, hunting, and gathering area for Indigenous people. After being forced to leave their lands following the Bannock War, members of the Burns Paiute tribe returned and reestablished their community in the Harney Valley.

The Warner Wetlands encompass more than 50,000 acres managed by BLM in Lake County. A primary management goal for the majority of the Warner Wetlands is the conservation of a diverse community of birds dependent on wetland habitats. This community includes several species of duck and sensitive species including yellow rails, long-billed curlews, tri-colored blackbirds, and Franklin’s gulls.

About the project

This project is a partnership with the Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) and Lakeview BLM District. Based in Northern California, the Institute for Bird Populations enables science-based conservation of species and habitats by studying the abundance, demography, and ecology of birds and other wildlife.


Lisa McNee, BLM

This is a wildlife monitoring project

An IBP biologist will initially be present onsite to train the volunteers but, once trained, volunteers will work independently in pairs or in teams of 3. Volunteers will work from sunrise until early afternoon, visiting a series of pre-determined points to document all the birds seen and heard at these locations.  Volunteers will record their observations as checklists within the eBird app, and will provide checklist links to ONDA and IBP.


Volunteers will  attend a training on site either May 24 or June 3 and then will monitor for one or multiple days after that. The priority is to monitor between May 24 and June 10, and any later season trips are welcome as additional data.


Level 2

This trip will require walking, standing and monitoring for long periods of time.


An ONDA registration application and medical form are required for this project.

Project Details

All the information you will need to know about this independent project will be emailed to you after your registration is complete. Each project page has extensive information about the project; please be prepared to spend 1-2 hours reviewing this information prior to heading out on your project, the good news is that time spent reviewing and preparing for your trip all counts towards your volunteer hours.

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