This is very cool – volunteers are neeeded in the Florida Keys between September 15 and November 13 to assist with counting raptors during this year's fall migration. If you are interested in birding (or the Florida Keys), you should check this out.
No expert raptor ID skills are required – so if you are a birder just starting out, this is a great way to really hone your skills. Training is provided, and you need to have your own set of binoculars. Spotting scopes are available, but if you have one make sure to bring it with you. Also, make sure to bring all the essentials for a long day of birding in one spot – a folding chair sunscreen, sunblock, and sunglasses are all things you should have with you.
You'll be volunteering at the FKH observation deck at Curry Hammock State Park, and dormitory-style housing will be provided at the Keys Marine Laboratory for registered volunteers. Of course, you are welcome to make your own housing arrangements in the area as well.
For the full scoop on Hawkwatch, visit www.floridakeyshawkwatch.wordpress.com/volunteer. Have fun birding in the Florida Keys!