Virtual Black Oystercatcher Survey Training

May 20, 2020 - 6:00 PM
Portland Audubon, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey, numerous local organizations

Black Oystercatcher.\Photo by Heather Roskelley.

This year’s annual survey for Black Oystercatchers will focus just on identifying and monitoring nest sites—the abundance survey will not be done this year. 

Due to coronavirus measures, the volunteer training sessions that had been planned have been moved online.  The second of these takes place on Wednesday, May 20, 6-8 p.m.

The session, organized by Portland Audubon together with the Forest Service and other agencies and conservation groups, is free and open to all, both those who have volunteered in past years and those who want to learn about this fascinating bird of the rocky shoreline and consider volunteering in the future. Due to the coronavirus precautions and access restrictions, the survey this year will primarily rely on experienced volunteers and those who live near the nesting sites.

To learn more about the survey, see our article

To RSVP for the training session, contact Frances Buchanan at [email protected].  (Note that there is a second virtual training session on May 20, 6 p.m.)  You will need to register in order to be sent instructions for connecting to the virtual session.

More information can be found on the Audubon website,, or contact Joe Liebezeit of Portland Audubon, (503) 329-6026, [email protected].