Warner Wetlands Bird Monitoring

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This project has been canceled. Please see our Wildlife Monitoring project for a similar opportunity.


Taylor Goforth, Sage Sustainers member

Taylor Goforth, Sage Sustainers member

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Great Basin Spadefoot Toads – a sleepy chorus

Great Basin Spadefoot Toads – a sleepy chorus


Nate Wilson-Traisman, member since 2019

Nate Wilson-Traisman, member since 2019

“My greatest hope is that Oregon’s desert continues to gain public lands protections, and is guarded from unsustainable development, so that future generations may benefit from all the region has to offer.

I felt inspired by trips to Oregon’s high desert, and was actively searching for ways to contribute to the protection of these wild places. ONDA stood out as a leader in this respect, and when I’ve had money to contribute, ONDA has been a clear choice.”

Organizer: Stewardship Team

Project Timeline: Canceled

Region: Warner Wetlands

Difficulty Rating: Level 1: Easy

Volunteers Needed: 12-40 volunteers

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 Wildlife Studies (IWS) and Lakeview BLM District. Based in Northern California, the mission of the Institute for Wildlife Studies is to gather information necessary to maintain biodiversity and viable populations of all species, and enhance our understanding of the animals with which we share our world.

IWS will have two staff biologists stationed at Warner Wetlands for the entirety of this project performing nesting bird surveys and research. Volunteers will work with trained wildlife biologists from IWS to conduct nesting waterfowl surveys to inform research assessing the status of breeding birds in the Warner Wetlands and the effectiveness of BLM’s management strategy for improving habitat for sensitive species of waterfowl

Lisa McNee, BLM

This is a wildlife monitoring project

Volunteers will work alongside IWS biologists to locate nesting pairs of long billed curlews using spotting scopes and record the GPS location of nests. For yellow rail surveys, volunteers will pair up with a biologist to visit survey locations after dark, as rails are nocturnal, and will use a wireless speaker to broadcast yellow rail breeding calls, then listen and document the number of rails detected calling at each location, obtaining a bearing and estimate distance to each bird they hear.

All training and tools needed to assist in the research will be provided by IWS staff biologists, making this an exciting opportunity for volunteers to assist with a scientific study, even if they have no previous experience with field research.


This project will be assisting the Institute for Wildlife Studies between April 21 and June 14. Biologists need assistance from 2-4 volunteers between Thursday-Tuesdays each week, with the most important monitoring time between May 1-15.

We need to fill at least two volunteer slots from April 28-May 3, May 5-10, and May 12-17.  Once you register for this project you will be sent a sign-up form to indicate the dates you are available. We will follow up with more project details in early April.


Level 1

This trip will require sitting and monitoring for long periods of time. Some activity could be in the evenings.


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

Project Details

When you register for this project a link will be sent so you can sign up for the time that works best for you. We will follow up with more project information regarding meeting location time, date, materials to bring, camping options etc. in March. 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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