LTLT Volunteer Opportunties

The Land Trust for the Little Tennessee is looking for volunteers to help with their 5th year of a volunteer breeding bird monitoring and education program.

Volunteers are sought for the 5th year of a volunteer breeding bird monitoring and education program that will be conducted this spring and early summer at two early-successional habitat sites along the Little Tennessee River.

The program is a partnership between the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee (LTLT), Southern Appalachian Raptor Research (SARR), and the Fisheries and Wildlife Management program of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). The program is sponsored by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation’s Revitalization of Traditional Cherokee Artisan Resources (RTCAR) initiative, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, North Carolina State University, and the Coweeta Long Term Ecological Research program.

The monitoring work is based on the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) protocol. MAPS is a nationwide program coordinated by the Institute for Bird Populations in Point Reyes, CA. The MAPS program includes a continent-wide network of over 500 mist netting stations and is designed to monitor productivity, survivorship, and population trends of breeding birds throughout North America. Analyses of the resulting banding data provide critical information relating to the ecology, conservation, and management of North American landbird populations, and the factors responsible for changes in their populations.

During May to August, SARR will conduct 8 monitoring samples at both LTLT’s Tessentee Bottomland Preserve and EBCI’s Cowee Mound property. Volunteers are needed to assist in all aspects of the survey work and will receive training and supervision from SARR field biologists and technicians.

The first sampling date is May 18th at Tessentee. For a calendar of sampling dates, please visit . For further information, please contact or call (828) 736-1217.