We surveyed 7 streams this year with the dedicated help of our volunteers who were not afraid to get their feet wet. All the Marsh Monitoring Program bird and amphibian surveyors should be done now and submitting their data to the Marsh Monitoring Program. I hope all the wetland surveys went well and please send pictures of you conducting field work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the link to download various Marsh Monitoring Program Resources, including field survey sheets and the broadcast .mp3 file for the bird surveys. Just click on “create new login” after you have followed the link below. Have fun with the surveys and thanks for all your hard work.
URBAN is run through McMaster University and it coordinates monitoring of frogs/toads and birds in marshes with the Marsh Monitoring Program and coordinates stream monitoring with the Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network. It is really easy to get involved and the first step is to attend the workshop where you will be taught important monitoring skills and be able to sign-up to monitor a local stream or wetland either on your own or as a group. If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer, the workshop will be held on Saturday March 31, 2012 from 1-4pm at McMaster University in the Burke Sciences Building room 108. It will be free of charge and open to the public.
For more information on how to get to the campus and find the Burke Sciences Building please visitwww.mcmaster.ca/welcome/campusmap.cfm. As a part of the workshop, we will be going for a hike down to Cootes Paradise Marsh through a forest so please bring appropriate footwear (rubber boots are recommended). Parking is unfortunately expensive on campus even on weekends (parking.mcmaster.ca/) so we recommend walking, cycling, or taking public transit to campus, or parking off campus (on King St., Sterling St., or across Main St. from the hospital), and walking in, but make sure you check the parking signs carefully.
Please register by emailing email@example.com as space is limited.
We look forward to seeing you at the workshop.