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WNF seeks volunteers for breeding bird survey

PEDRO - The Forest Service is looking for Tri-State bird enthusiasts to take part in an annual breeding bird survey on the Ironton Ranger District of the Wayne National Forest between May 20 and June 20.

The Wayne National Forest's 236,000 acres is home to a rich diversity of bird life.

In past years, more than 100 different birds have been observed, including many summer warblers, vireos and flycatchers.

Twelve survey routes have been designated on the Ironton Ranger District, which occur in and around wetlands, grasslands, and in forest settings in Lawrence, Gallia, Jackson and Scioto counties.

Some are driving routes, some are walking routes, and some are a combination of the two.

Field work occurs between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Volunteers must have a valid driver's license, and be able to identify wetland, grassland and forest birds by sight and by sound.

Interested volunteers need to contact Becky Ewing, forest biologist for the Wayne National Forest, at the Wayne's Headquarters Office in Nelsonville at (740) 753-0907.