BirdSafeKC volunteers are absolutely critical to the project. The majority of volunteer work is done within the BirdStrikes survey arm of the project. Surveyors walk designated routes in the Kansas City metro area and surrounding suburbs looking for bird carcasses and injured birds that have struck windows.

A surveyor points to a White-throated Sparrow that has died due to colliding with a reflective portion of a downtown building.

Once found, a number of data points are collected to include the species and precise window that the bird hit. Data are collected within the iNaturalist app and are used to identify the most problematic windows on a particular building.

BirdSafeKC coordinators then attempt to partner with the building owner to treat the windows that are most dangerous to birds. Project volunteers often assist in that partnership by having acted as ambassadors throughout the survey seasons.

If you are interested in joining the survey effort, please contact birdsafekc@burroughs.org. To get a better idea of the project and before you can start volunteering, view the training video below. One minor change has occurred since we recorded this video – volunteers are no longer asked to enter their data in a spreadsheet as described in the video.

The next opportunity to conduct BirdStrikes surveys in the KC area will be in fall 2021. Please contact dana.ripper@mrbo.org if you are interested. Updated training video coming soon!