Saturday, February 26, 2011

Oakland County Parks Need A Few Good Men and Women - as Nestbox Monitoring Volunteers!

Tree Swallows at Orion Oaks County Park, Spring 2010. 
 Photo by Jonathan Schechter

Winter is waning. Winds are shifting.  Maple sap is dripping. Great horned owls are on their nests. Coyotes are yipping to the night as the days are longer. The northward bird migration is underway, led by turkey vultures and red-winged black birds. And then it's nesting season.  And that means Oakland County Parks and Recreation needs volunteers to monitor nest boxes at five parks for the 2011 nesting season from April – August.   More than 116 nest boxes are located in five parks and maintained by volunteers. Training is required for new and veteran volunteers. Volunteers must register for the workshop by March 4 and must be willing to commit to weekly visits.  Oakland County Parks Nestwatch Monitoring Program was developed to protect native birds from aggressive species that contribute to their decline.

For details, contact Educational Resource Specialist Kathleen Dougherty at  248-858-0704, or To register, contact Rachel Boyd at 248-975-9717 or

WHEN:   Sunday, March 6, 2011  3- 5 pm
WHERE:  Wint Nature Center at Independence Oaks County Park, 9501 Sashabaw Rd., Clarkston


Contact Educational Specialist Kathleen Dougherty at 248-858-0704, visit or find Oakland County Parks on Facebook


Blogger Sandman said...

This Oakland County Parks program for volunteers is a great way to enjoy our county parks. These parks are the cleanest places for you to take your family to enjoy all activities whether it is to take a nap under a tree or take a dip in the swim area after the ice is gone and the water warms up a bunch.

February 28, 2011 at 7:46 AM 

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