Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Service Trail, DuPont, WA, United States
Eye On Nature field trips bring students from throughout the Nisqually and Chehalis Watersheds of Washington state to Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge for a field-based citizen science field trip to collect eBird data.
During the spring of 2015 650 students ranging from 3rd-10th grade visited Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge as a part of the Eye On Nature citizen science program. Visiting students practiced basic bird identification, native plant identification, and learned all about their local National Wildlife Refuge. Over 40 trained volunteers contributed 370 hours of time across 14 dates. This meant that students could take to the trails in small groups to make observations and collect data. Between April and June students observed 94 species of birds and counted 6,375 individual birds!
This program is made possible through a partnership between the Nisqually River Education Project, Chehalis Basin Education Consortium, Nisqually Reach Nature Center, Friends of Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, and Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge.