Streaked Horned Lark Patrol

Sauvie Island | March – July

Important changes due to COVID-19: Portland Audubon and ODFW plan to move forward with Streaked Horned Lark Patrol but we are taking serious precautions to protect our community. We request volunteers only do the surveys alone or with household members.

We will not offer volunteer training at the ODFW office this year. Instead we will offer virtual trainings on April 3 and April 6 (information below)

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Portland Audubon is working with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to monitor for Streaked Horned Larks and other bird species at agricultural and grassland pasture sites at ODFW’s Sauvie Island Wildlife Area.  

In recent years ODFW and partners have worked to restore grassland habitats on Sauvie Island to help attract once common breeding grassland bird species (e.g. Western Meadowlark) back to the island. These surveys help track bird response to these restoration efforts as well as keep alert for a glimpse of the rare Streaked Horned Lark. This is the only bird species (subspecies of the Horned Lark) on the Endangered Species List that breeds in the Portland Metro region. Less than 2,000 birds remain. This project adds to Portland Audubon’s overall efforts to help bring this bird back from the brink.  

Partners: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

Streaked Horned Lark, photo by David-Maloney-USFWS

Trainings

Training is not mandatory and will be most useful for new volunteers, although returning volunteers are welcome to join if you want a refresher. 

  • Online Training 2: April 6, 6-7:30 p.m.

The training will cover the following:

  • Survey instructions and additional tips for doing the survey
  • Logistics of getting to the sites, getting ODFW permit and key to north gate
  • Basic info on using eBird (if needed)
  • Scheduling your surveys
  • Q&A at the end

To register for the training, email jliebezeit@audubonportland.org

About the Survey

  • Survey Instructions: Please read protocol for detailed instructions on how to conduct the survey
  • When: Surveys are conducted in the morning (start no more than 2 hours after sunrise) from late March to late July.
  • Where: Two sites on Sauvie Island:  ODFW farmland and off Gillihan Road. Surveys can be done by 1 or 2 people.
  • Time commitment: Commit to at least 3 surveys per season. Surveys take 1-2 hours.
  • Reporting: Survey data entered into eBird. See protocols for specific eBird hotspots.

 

Volunteer Requirements

  • Training: We do not provide a training for this survey but we can pair you up with someone experienced with the site and protocol for your first visit.
  • Birding skills: Must be able to identify Pacific Northwest birds by sight and sound; must be comfortable using eBird. Less experienced volunteers can record data for the bird counter.  
  • Equipment: Bring your own pair of binoculars.
  • Field conditions: Must be able to walk 2-3 miles in agriculture fields.
  • Transportation to and from the site is your responsibility.

 

Contact

 If you have questions contact Joe Liebezeit at jliebezeit@audubonportland.org.