The Triangle Bird Count (TBC) is a citizen science project to help monitor the abundance and diversity of bird species in urban habitats modeled after several other Urban Bird Counts already being conducted in North America. The bird count is expected to take place from April 15th to May 31st, 2021. The TBC is a new project from NC State University’s Reconciliation Ecology Lab, dedicated to mapping the distribution and abundance of bird species in and around the cities of North Carolina’s “Research Triangle”: Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, Cary, Raleigh, and Garner.
Step-by-step instructions for TBC volunteers:
- Sign up to become a TBC volunteer.
- Go to "Volunteering > Selecting your Survey Points" to find the survey points you want and then fill out the google form to reserve your points.
- Go to "Volunteering > Training Materials" to find resources to help you ID birds and learn how to conduct counts following the protocol using either eBird or datasheet. Please watch the tutorial videos of the data collection protocol. There is an example eBird checklist and a filled datasheet for your guidance.
- Choose any day between Apr 15th and May 31st to conduct your route. You can finish your route in one morning or more than one mornings. Please be aware of private property and move your point when necessary.