Marsh Bird Research Project

Date: Thursday, August 8, 2019 - 5:00am to Tuesday, August 27, 2019 - 11:00am

Location: Meet at MSU CREC

Coordinating Agency: MSU CREC

Contact Name: Spencer Weitzel

Contact Email:


Hi all,

We are looking for volunteers to help us catch marsh birds for a research project.

We usually meet at the CREC around 5:15-5:30am and are out in the field until around 11am or so. We are trying to catch two different species. For one, the Clapper Rail, we mostly stay near the boat and don't do too much walking around in the marsh. For the other, Seaside Sparrows, we do a lot more walking in the marsh and try to "drive" birds into the mist nets. 

I am looking for 1-2 people to help on the days which I am planning on catching Clapper Rails, and 3-4 or so people for days which I am planning on catching Seaside Sparrows. The schedule is subject to change based on weather, birds being caught, equipment issues, etc. 

I will be sending this email out to some other folks as well, but if any of you are interested, or know someone who might be, feel free to send me an email or stop by my desk with questions or anything of that nature. Also, feel free to forward the email to others. 

*Disclaimer: There is a high probability of getting muddy, dirty, possibly wet, etc. so attire that you don't mind getting dirty is a must. Also, rubber boots or dive booties are desirable for walking around in the marsh.

Dates for Seaside Sparrow catching and likely destination: people needed per day = 3/4

August 8 - Jourdan River

August 9 - Jourdan River

August 15 - Jourdan River

August 16 - Pascagoula River

August 17 - Pascagoula River

August 20 - Jourdan River

August 22 - Pearl River

August 24 - TBD

Dates for Clapper Rail catching and likely destination: people needed per day = 1/2

August 19 - Jourdan River 

August 21 - Pearl River

August 23 - TBD

August 26 - TBD

August 27 - TBD 

Thank you very much for considering!


Spencer Weitzel