CELC students are working with local ornithologist Celia Lewis to conduct a point-count study of birds within the Jared Eliott Preserve, property of the Guilford Land Trust.
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Looking for Birds
Students started by setting up the sections to be used for the point-count study. Climbing over shrubs, walking the fields and marshes, students plotted the circumferences of three circular areas each having 25-meter radius.
12 April Field Experience Highlights:
Kyle: It was drizzling and very cloudy/partly foggy. We saw four ospreys. One had a fish in its talons. It was extremely low tide. The coolest part of the day was having a rough-winged swallow fly over our heads. This was the first one we’d seen all season – the first to begin to arrive.
Cole: The day was foggy in the morning and rainy and damp around noon, and damp and soggy when we were birding at about 1:30 p.m. We were looking for birds at each of the bird points, and we waited for about five minutes in each area, although it felt more like two minutes. I would have liked to stay out longer to see more birds. I enjoyed seeing the ospreys in their nests and the red-winged blackbirds all around us.