Citizen Science

Historic Bendire's Thrasher Survey

We need your help to implement a statewide population survey and territory mapping project.
Bendire's Thrasher Photo: Matt Baumann
Citizen Science

Historic Bendire's Thrasher Survey

We need your help to implement a statewide population survey and territory mapping project.

Audubon New Mexico has partnered with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish and New Mexico State University to begin a historic statewide population survey and territory mapping project for the Bendire’s Thrasher, the highest non-listed priority bird species in the state. Breeding bird survey results suggest this Bendire’s Thrasher is the fastest declining aridland bird species in the United States, and it is estimated that New Mexico is responsible for almost one third of the entire population.

The survey and mapping efforts will continue this coming spring and we need additional volunteers to run transects in western New Mexico. Citizen scientist volunteers will be trained in the identification of this cryptic bird by sight and sound, the point count survey protocol, and the delineation and mapping of territories. Results of the multi-year survey will help to develop best management practices to support Bendire’s Thrasher populations in our state.  Audubon believes the key to successful bird conservation is working with partners to protect species at risk before they are listed!

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Cody Bear Sutton at cbear@nmsu.edu.

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