Using Goats in Frick Park to Manage Invasive Species

ABCA partners - Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, and Western Pennsylvania Conservancy - are working with Allegheny GoatScape to remove invasive plants like bush honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.) from Frick Park at Clayton Hill to restore native forest habitat for birds and other wildlife. Goats will be "working" areas around Clayton Hill during summer and fall 2020 and again in 2021. After the honeysuckle has been removed, native shrubs and trees will be planted by partner staff and volunteers. We will have a number of education programs for local schools and at public events. And we will be tracking restoration success by monitoring changes to the plant and bird assemblages found across Clayton Hill.

Birders Wanted!

We are tracking the bird response to our restoration efforts and we need citizen-scientists to help. We need birders to count birds in the four restoration areas (see map below) using corresponding eBird Hotspots, and submit your observations to eBird using the mobile app or later online. Be sure to count birds WITHIN each restoration area separately and notice that restoration areas are often on one side of the trail.​​ Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy will be placing temporary signs along trails to help delineate these restoration area boundaries.

 

We especially need bird observations during fall migration - August through September - to catalog bird use of the site within each of the restoration areas. So, come on out and do some birding for conservation at Frick Park!

Monitoring birds using the eBird app

  1. Open eBird app

  2. “Start New Checklist”

  3. “Choose a nearby hotspot”

    1. Use “List” or “Map” to select appropriate hotspot

      1. Frick Park--Clayton North (Monitoring)

      2. Frick Park--South Clayton West (Monitoring)

      3. Frick Park--Clayton East (Monitoring)

      4. Frick Park--Nature Trail East (Monitoring)

  4. Chose date and time

  5. Count birds – only record birds in the appropriate area, often one side of the trail.

    1. If you want to count birds in two sections at once you need to start another checklist.

      1. Click on “Review” for the current track.

      2. “Stop Track”

      3. Click on home (house icon) button in top right.

      4. Start new checklist and follow steps above beginning with 3.

      5. You can toggle between lists by clicking on “Checklist” and selecting list

  6. Submit data

    1. Click “Review”

    2. Fill out necessary data

    3. Click “Submit”

    4. Be sure to submit all checklists

 

Record on paper and submit to eBird online

  1. Record Checklist data

    1. Monitoring area (i.e. hotspot name)

    2. Date

    3. Start time

    4. Duration

    5. Distance

    6. Party size

  2. Count birds

    1. Keep checklists separate for each monitoring area

  3. Submit data

    1. Log into eBird

    2. Click “Submit” next to eBird in top left

    3. Enter Pennsylvania in “find it on a Map)

    4. Zoom to “Frick Park”

    5. Pan right to find the appropriate monitoring hotspot (Do NOT use “Frick Park—Beechwood Entrance”)

      1. Frick Park--Clayton North (Monitoring)

      2. Frick Park--South Clayton West (Monitoring)

      3. Frick Park--Clayton East (Monitoring)

      4. Frick Park--Nature Trail East (Monitoring)

    6. Click “Continue”

    7. Enter observation date and type

    8. Enter number of birds seen or heard.

    9. Click “Submit” when done.

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