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Camp Polk Survey


For over a decade, ECAS has been working with the Deschutes Land Trust by performing avian surveys at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve north of Sisters.  Whychus Creek runs along the eastern boundary of this pristine mountain meadow and birds are attracted to the varied habitats in and around the meadow.  Over a three-four year period, the Land Trust and the Deschutes Watershed Council are working together to ‘re-meander’ the channelized creek and to restore the historic wetlands of the area. The ECAS surveys will demonstrate the bird population baseline and trends following from this major project.


New surveyors are always welcome. Volunteers are required to undergo a short training session to qualify for full access to the meadow.  The training involves the data collection protocol, access methods, and proper etiquette while on the property.  Once trained, volunteers record which birds are present in each of several different vegetation zones.  Bird data is collected throughout the year, with a special emphasis on nesting and migration seasons.


For Volunteer information, contact Jen Zalewski

More information about Camp Polk Meadow Preserve


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