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Returning & New Cactus Wren and
Coastal Sage Scrub Pilot Survey Volunteers
Cactus Wren photos by James Gallagher
Cactus Wren Volunteer Training - Saturday, February 19 - 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at Starr Ranch
While many of you may already have more than all the skills needed to identify Cactus Wrens, the training will be necessary to help you work with a protocol and procedures designed especially for this project.
Coastal Sage Scrub Pilot Survey Volunteer Training - Saturday, February 26 - 9:00 am – 3:00 pm (it may end earlier) at Starr Ranch. This survey is for more experienced birders only. We may combine or switch training dates depending on response. Robb Hamilton, our Cactus Wren “trainer,” can only make the February 19 date.
Bring: Snacks & lunch. Also bring your binoculars and be prepared for a short uphill walk during the field portion of the training. We are going to ask that volunteers work on their sites in teams of at least two people who can schedule surveys together (two people in the field). Teams can consist of more than two people if you want to split the survey days up to lessen the work load.
Habitat and Survey Site Assessments: We need to get everyone started in their survey area in March to examine cactus resources and habitat features. We will meet everyone at least once in their area to go over what we all have learned in training and work out any bugs.
Surveys: Plan for surveys twice a month through June, starting in March. The first time out in March will be simple cactus scrub mapping (for wren volunteers).
Planned Survey Locations: Audubon’s Starr Ranch Sanctuary (CSS WatchList birds pilot survey), Caspers Park, and possibly O’Neill Park. Please let Sandy know if you have a preference when you RSVP for training. Please RSVP as soon as possible to Sandy at or 949-838-0309 for one of the following:
1. Saturday February 19 Cactus Wren survey training and/or
2. Saturday February 26 CSS pilot survey training
3. Site preference: Caspers Park, O’Neill Park (possible), Starr Ranch (experienced birders)
Thanks for volunteering with our project!
Trish Smith, Donna Krucki, and Sandy DeSimone
The Nature Conservancy, OC Parks, and Audubon’s Starr Ranch Sanctuary
Directions to Starr Ranch



Sea & Sage Audubon Society
PO Box 5447 • Irvine, CA 92616 • 949-261-7963