Southern Sierra Research Station

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Willow Flycatcher Workshop Information

May 21 & 22, 2016


Thank you for registering for the Willow Flycatcher survey training workshop. Please view the workshop schedule, the Southwestern Willow Flycatcher survey protocol, protocol update, survey forms (.doc or .pdf), and USFWS permit information at our workshop page. Bring a copy of the protocol and review it before the workshop, so that we may answer any questions. Also, please look at the USGS Southwestern Willow Flycatcher website prior to the workshop to become familiar with Southwestern Willow Flycatcher vocalizations


After the workshop, you will need to obtain your permits from your state wildlife agency and from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit applications are available on-line at the US FWS Permits webpage.


The workshop will be held at the Kern River Preserve (KRP) and the South Fork Middle School, both located on in Weldon, CA in the mountains east of Bakersfield near Lake Isabella. On Day 1, we will meet at the cafeteria of the South Fork Middle School at 1:30 pm, which is located at 5225 Kelso Valley Road in Weldon CA (approximately 2.5 miles on Kelso Valley Road from Hwy 178). For more information about the area, directions to the KRP, and a list of the motels in the area please use the Nature Ali website. The KRP normally does not normally allow camping, but will do so for this event. Camping space is limited at the KRP, so please call us (760-378-3345) or email us to reserve a spot for camping (suggested $10 donation).


Bring the following gear with you to the workshop: binoculars, rubber boots (optional), hiking boots, water bottle, sunscreen, hat, and mosquito repellent. Also to help reduce waste, please bring a water bottle and coffee mug. We will provide water, coffee and tea during the workshop. In May, the weather in the Kern River Valley can be highly variable. We could have a late winter storm, or temperatures in the 90's. Typically, the daytime temperatures are in the high 80's to low 90's and nighttime temperatures in the 50's. Please be prepared for both hot and cold temperatures.