Fox Sparrow Habitat Study

In October  2014, Puget Sound Bird Observatory is embarking on the pilot year of a multi-year habitat study of wintering Fox Sparrows (Passerella iliaca spp. unalaschensis), (FOSP) at Shoreline Community College (SHCC) and in the surrounding greenbelt areas owned by the City of Shoreline.

We will utilize color-banding of individual FOSP and a weekly site survey for birds over the next 6 years to assess wintering habitat use by FOSP at two identified treatment sites against a control site. The treatment sites will be cleared of invasive plants and replanted with native species chosen to appeal to wintering FOSP. The long-term goal of the study is to help inform land management practices for sustaining a population of wintering FOSP in an urban campus similar to SHCC or park settings with similar invasive vegetation.

We need volunteers for Fox Sparrow Habitat Study banding and surveys at Shoreline Community College starting Sunday, October 12, 2014; 8am.

Contact: Cindy Easterson at (425) 876-1055 or

It is important that you let the contact know if you are planning on participating to get event details and to provide a way of contact in case the banding/survey efforts are cancelled due to weather.

Follow the Fox Sparrow Study on our blog, Fifty Shades of Brown – The FOSP Diaries!