Hayden Island Cat Count

Hayden Island, North Portland | September

Important changes due to COVID-19:  The Hayden Island Cat Count is currently moving forward under the following guidelines:

  • Only conduct surveys on your own or with members of your immediate household or pod.
  • 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)

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Help cats and wildlife!  Portland Audubon is conducting free-roaming cat surveys on Hayden Island to track the population trend of outdoor cats on the island. This survey is informing our ongoing effort to minimize the feral cat population on the island using a variety of humane methods including spay/neuter efforts, cat adoption, an education campaign utilizing Cat Safe at Home best practices, and other methods to limit the impact of cats on wildlife – all while ensuring cats are cared for.

Partners: Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, Multnomah County Animal Services, Hayden Island Community

About the Survey

  • Survey Instructions: Please read protocol for detailed instructions on how to conduct the survey (see protocol link below).
  • When: Surveys are conducted on three Sunday evenings in September each year (between 4:30 and 8 p.m).
  • Where: This survey is conducted on a portion of Hayden Island in north Portland (see map). Surveys are done by teams of at least 2 people.
  • Time commitment: Commit to at least 1 Sunday survey.
  • Reporting: Data is submitted via the Talea Cat Count App at the end of the survey.

 

Volunteer Requirements

  • Training: A virtual training will be provided to review the sampling protocol and the Talea Cat Counting App.
  • Birding skills: No experience required but you must have good attention to detail and be able to locate cats visually and by ear.
  • Equipment: At least one person per team should bring a pair of binoculars (Audubon can provide binoculars if necessary). One person on each survey team must be willing to download the Talea Cat Count App on their smartphone (only compatible with Android phones).
  • Field conditions: Must be able to walk up to 2 miles on level, paved surfaces.
  • Transportation to and from the site is your responsibility (sometimes we can help arrange carpooling).

Contact

For questions contact Joe Liebezeit at jliebezeit@audubonportland.org.