Warner Wetlands Bird Monitoring

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Terry Butler, 2018 Volunteer of the Year

Terry Butler, 2018 Volunteer of the Year

“If I have to pick a favorite place in Oregon’s high desert, it would be Sutton Mountain, but I’m excited about all of the Wilderness Study Areas,” says Terry, adding, “Each is a gem to explore, and I hope they all get protection someday… I love the scale of the physical beauty of the desert.”


Connecting Trails

Connecting Trails

The Oregon Desert Trail ties into two National Recreation Trails: the Fremont National Recreation Trail and Desert Trail.


Sarah Graham, Sage Sustainers Member

Sarah Graham, Sage Sustainers Member

“I contribute to ONDA monthly because it adds up to a larger annual gift than what I’d be able to comfortably afford if I were to do a simple one-time donation annually. I’m able to give more to ONDA this way and have greater impact which is important to me, and my dog Polly.”

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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