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Orange County Cactus Wren Monitoring
photos by James Gallagher

Volunteers Needed for the 2012 Coastal Cactus Wren monitoring effort. This is a unique opportunity for naturalists and birders, beginning through advanced, to learn methods from Cactus Wren scientists and to perform urgently needed surveys and nest monitoring at Audubon's Starr Ranch Sanctuary, Caspers Wilderness Park, and Thomas Riley Wilderness Park,. Training, data collection materials, field assistance, and plenty of encouragement will be provided.

Sea and Sage Audubon Society, Audubon California's Starr Ranch Sanctuary, NROC, and the Nature Conservancy, are working in a collaborative effort to recruit more volunteers for the Orange County Cactus Wren Survey Team. The volunteer-based, scientist-led team will assist in surveys and monitoring efforts needed to assess the long term status of the Coastal Cactus Wren in Orange County.

Skills Required  Basic birding skills (motivated beginners encouraged), reliable transportation, ability to walk moderate distances, a good pair of binoculars, readiness to learn, and enthusiasm about birds!
Schedule –

January 24– Lecture by Dr. Kristine Preston, Nature Reserve of Orange County - at the Sea & Sage Audubon Education Center in Irvine. Time of lecture: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

February (date TBD)2Training Session led by ornithologist, Robb Hamilton - at Starr Ranch Sanctuary in Trabuco Canyon
March – Surveys begin
NROC Comprehensive Surveys and Monitoring – In addition to the surveys mentioned above, there will be a very detailed survey and monitoring project managed by Kristine Preston on the NROC that will include observations of banded birds, breeding behaviors, and breeding success. Volunteer participants in the NROC project will require a greater commitment of time, and opportunities will be limited to experienced birds and naturalists.
To Sign up for the Training Sessions, or for Questions, contact:
Sandy DeSimone – Audubon's Starr Ranch Sanctuary (949) 858-0309,
For more information:
Information about the Cactus Wren Training
Read Robb Hamilton's article about the Coastal Cactus Wren
Cactus Wren song
Starr Ranch Sanctuary website

Sea & Sage Audubon Education Center is located in the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary in Irvine.

Nature Reserve of Orange County website
The Nature Conservancy website


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