Much like with Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count, there are two potential roles for people interested in volunteering with the Climate Watch project: participant and coordinator. This page provides information for coordinators.
Climate Watch Local Coordinators are volunteers who manage their group or area’s participation in Climate Watch by recruiting participants, training them to plan and conduct Climate Watch surveys, and ensuring that the data they collect are submitted to the national Climate Watch team. The coordinator also communicates the science and rationale behind the program, including providing information on the predicted future range changes of the target species. Without a regional coordinator, coordinators will also serve as the main point of contact with the national Climate Watch team and help to improve the program by providing feedback based on their group’s experiences.
Climate Watch Regional Coordinators are volunteers who facilitate the Climate Watch program at a state or regional level by identifying, recruiting, and training local coordinators and connecting individual volunteers with coordinated efforts in their state. Regional coordinators are critical for volunteers to participate in this program across the state; they will gain valuable experience facilitating this community science effort across a large landscape and serving as the primary point of contact.
Interested in being a Climate Watch Coordinator? Sign up here.
If you are interested in serving as a Climate Watch Coordinator for the first time we encourage you to watch the Climate Watch overview webinar below. This webinar covers everything that you need to know to coordinate the program locally, including information on survey planning, volunteer recruitment, and data entry:
Climate Watch Coordinator Training (Updated Dec 2019)
Climate Watch Mapping Tools Recording (Winter 2019)
- A two-page PDF provides a general overview of the effort to participants
- One-page overview protocol document (PDF)
- An overview video of the Climate Watch program (3 min)
- Climate Watch Survey Manual
- Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- Overview of the methods for submitting data
- Optional Climate Watch Data Collection Form and Data Collection Template for individuals not using eBird
- Climate Watch Results
Resources for Coordinators
Climate Watch Survey Manual explains the scientific protocol in detail, and includes many tips for coordinators on everything from recruiting and training volunteer participants to implementing the protocol. Download PDF
Climate Watch Coordinator Introduction Webinar: Listen to a Video Recording
Climate Watch Protocol: How to select survey points: Download Video Recording
Frequently Asked Questions: Link
Participation Contact Collection Form: Download Excel File
How to Collect and Submit data: Link
- Social media resources for engagement
- Overview video for engagement and informational purposes
- Animated video for engagement
- Newsletter sample
- Promotional poster and flyer
- Climate Watch overview PowerPoint Presentation
- Climate Watch recruitment guide
- Letters to Editor and Elected Officials samples
Maps and Tools
Training Webinar: Climate Watch Planner Tool: Download Video Recording
Climate Watch Planner Mapping Tool: Link to ArcGIS/Esri
- Instructions on how to use the tool to explore squares and plan survey point locations.
- A short video on how to draw your survey point.
- If you are asked for login credentials, please follow these steps
- 1. Go to arcgis.com and login with the provided credentials.
Username : ClimateWatch Password: Audubon1
2. Once logged in and while in the same window, go to the top and navigate to https://gis.audubon.org/ClimateWatch
Claim a Climate Watch Square: Link to ArcGIS/Esri
The Climate Watch support team can be contacted at email@example.com.
- Brooke Bateman, Director of Climate Watch
- Roslyn Rivas, Program Coordinator, Plants for Birds