Cardinal Capture is a current Master’s Thesis Project measuring potential effects of noise and light pollution on the physiology of songbirds. Because Northern Cardinals are a common bird, they are serving as our focal species.
By joining this project and registering as a project volunteer, you hereby grant faculty, staff and students of NC State who are part of the Cardinal Capture team to access your outdoor property, at mutually agreed upon times, in order to install equipment needed to capture, measure, draw blood, and release Northern Cardinals. We loan a light meter to project volunteers and ask them to take several measurements of outdoor light pollution at night.
This project combines aspects of citizen science, community curiosity, and urban ecology in order to discover the impact that anthropogenic noise and light may have on a particular species.
Cardinal Capture on SciStarter is where participants can sign up in order to enroll in the project.