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Field Team Forming

With our field season rapidly approaching and our calendar filling up, we are assembling a great team of student interns and community volunteers who are getting ready to head out into the field in March. Some of the first properties we'll be visiting this spring are state- and county-owned lands. We are in the process of scheduling several 1.5-hour field training opportunities toward the end of February; if you are interested in volunteering and would like to attend a training, contact Project Coordinator Rose Snyder for more information.

New Mail Deploy Approach this Spring

We are excited to be launching our "mail deploy" approach this spring to enlist more citizen scientist participation! Using this approach, we plan to mail the equipment, instructions, and a prepaid return package to landowners and land managers, who will then deploy the sound recorder on their own property and mail the equipment with recording data back to us. We believe this will be an excellent way to survey more field sites this spring.

If you own or manage property in Sonoma County and are interested in participating in this approach, contact Project Coordinator Rose Snyder for more details. Rural and urban areas welcome.
AudioMoth sound recorders are easy to use!

GEDI Successfully Launched

One component of S2L is to assess the relative strengths, weaknesses, and synergies of current and future remote sensing technology for predicting the spatial distribution of individual bird species and overall richness across a range of ecosystems. GEDI is one such remote sensing technology the project will assess, and is a cutting-edge space-based lidar technology designed to collect data on topography, canopy height, canopy cover, and vertical structure, all on a global scale while docked on a space station orbiting the earth. The GEDI instrument was successfully launched in December, and should be ready to start collecting data by the end of February. Learn more about the launch.

Volunteer Spotlight
We'd like to thank volunteer David Leland for his ongoing support of S2L! David is a local birder who has been working with S2L since its inception in 2017, and has volunteered over 250 hours of his time. In addition to spending countless hours in front of the computer listening to recordings to manually identify bird species and work on modeling, David has spent time in the field, and he has also helped us grow our number of survey sites by recruiting the support of private landowners throughout various areas of Sonoma County. Thanks for all your help, David! We are glad to have you on board and appreciate your commitment to S2L.
Partner Organization Spotlight
We'd also like to express our gratitude for the support we've received from Sonoma County Regional Parks! We have recently been granted access to all regional parks in Sonoma County. This broad access will provide many more sites for us to survey in a variety of habitat types. Thank you, Regional Parks team! We're excited to work more with you over the next three years.
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