All Rights Reserved 2017 Kelly Krechmer
Kelly Krechmer currently serves as Merrimac Farm Chapter's Social Media Manager. She maintains this website, the chapter's Facebook page and chapter's Twitter account.
Kelly has just finished volunteering with Virginia State Parks AmeriCorps Interpretative Trail program. She completed her 450 hour service commitment at Breaks Interstate Park (BIP). BIP is a unique park as it is an interstate park located in Virginia and Kentucky. The main area of the park where Kelly was serving was in Breaks, VA.
Kelly developed and led new interpretative programs on eBird and iNaturalist during her AmeriCorps service. She also led bird walks and nature hikes at BIP. Another core part of her service was improving existing trails at BIP.
Kelly decided to serve with AmeriCorps in Virginia because it allowed her to continue participation in the ongoing Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas II project. 2017 is the second year of this five year project. Kelly has participated from 2016 to the present. She presently has confirmed 96 breeding birds in Virginia.
Kelly spent much of her free time this summer conducting breeding bird surveys at BIP and other areas of Dickenson, Wise, Russell, Tazewell and Buchanan Counties. As of August, Kelly has confirmed more breeding birds than all other contributors to the project for these counties. These counties received little data in 2016 so Kelly's contribution this summer significantly increased data for the atlas project.
44 breeding birds in Dickenson County
23 breeding birds in Buchanan County
7 breeding birds in Wise County
11 breeding birds in Russell County
15 breeding birds in Tazewell County
Kelly has also conducted breeding bird surveys throughout Virginia this year, and is close to submitting data to eBird for every county in the state of Virginia!
Another AmeriCorps assignment Kelly was given was to monitor Peregrine Falcons at BIP. Kelly looked for the falcons daily at the park. She also traveled to a remote area of the park with a Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries biologist to conduct a falcon stakeout. Unfortunately, the falcons were not observed this summer in the park.
Kelly took over three hundred photos of the biota of the park and uploaded the photos to iNaturalist. She made Breaks Interstate Park a place on iNaturalist and then created a project open to all to map the biodiversity of the park. So far there are 341 observations for the project with 181 identified species. Eighty-four citizen scientists throughout the world have volunteered with identifications! This information is being provided to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.
Earlier in the year, Kelly participated in the iNaturalist 2017 City Nature Challenge. The challenge was a five day event in the DC metro area to map the biota of the area. Kelly was one of the top participants for the DC metro area.