January 25, 2017

Birds

Welcome to our Citizen Science Community Mapping Site!

Our goal is to collect information on birds visiting oyster reefs by everyone who boats in Mosquito Lagoon – including community members, organizations, and visitors.  Over 85% of shellfish reefs have been lost globally over the past century, including in Mosquito Lagoon. Restoration of these reefs has been continuously underway for the past decade and substrate for over 12 new million oysters has been deployed by over 48,000 volunteers.  We know our restoration works to increase live oyster numbers.  Now we want to understand how restored oyster reefs help our favorite birds – wading birds, shore birds and even some birds traditionally considered to be terrestrial, such as bald eagles and vultures. Because we do not have the people-power to spend every day watching birds on oyster reefs, we need your help!

Please click on the bird photo below to visit our community mapping site and contribute your knowledge as a citizens scientist!  Share with the hashtag #citizensciencegis.