Volunteer in the Field: Become a Citizen Scientist

[b]Volunteers Work with NYC Audubon's Susan Elbin on Swinburne Island[/b][br]© NYC AudubonVolunteers Work with NYC Audubon's Susan Elbin on Swinburne Island
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It wouldn’t be possible to monitor the city’s birds and natural areas without the help of volunteers. Hundreds of people are needed to survey heron foraging sites, count horseshoe crabs at spawning beaches, and search for birds that are the victims of collisions with windows. Learn more our conservation programs and decide how you'd like to participate. If you already know which program you're interested in, check our spring orientation schedule below, and sign up! To sign up for an orientation or learn more about a particular volunteer opportunity, please write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Please put the name of the event you are interested in into the subject line of your email message.

(Looking for more of a one-time-only volunteer opportunity? Check out our Volunteer Events page)

To RSVP for a volunteer event or training, or to learn more about a particular volunteer opportunity, please write to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Spring Volunteer Orientations

[b]American Kestrel Recovering at the Wild Bird Fund after Being Rescued by an Injured Bird Transporter[/b][br]© MaryJane BolandAmerican Kestrel Recovering at the Wild Bird Fund after Being Rescued by an Injured Bird Transporter
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Unless otherwise noted, all volunteer orientations meet at 71 West 23rd Street Suite 1523 and require registration in advance

Bird Transporters: We often receive calls from individuals who have found injured birds but cannot transport them to a rehabilitation center. Our Injured Bird Transport volunteers step in to save the day by transporting these birds to receive the medical care they need. This opportunity is best for individuals with flexible schedules. An orientation will be held at the Wild Bird Fund on Wednesday, March 7, 6-7pm.

Project Safe Flight: Light and glass pose major threats to migratory birds as they move through New York City. Help NYC Audubon biologists collect data on building collisions during migration by monitoring designated buildings for collisions. This opportunity requires a time commitment of about one hour one morning a week from April through early June. Orientations will be held Monday, March 12, and Friday, March 16, 6-7pm.

Horseshoe Crab Monitoring: Horseshoe crab eggs are an important food source for migratory shorebirds. Collect data on horseshoe crab spawning by helping count horseshoe crabs in Jamaica Bay. We count on 12 nights in May and June, but you don't need to be able to make every count to sign up. Orientations will be held Tuesday, April 17, and Thursday, April 19, 6-7pm.

Harbor Herons Foraging Study: Help NYC Audubon's science team learn more about the long-legged wading birds that live in the New York Harbor by observing herons and egrets as they forage in NYC waterways. An orientation will be held Tuesday, June 5, 6-7pm.

Find more information on volunteering in New York City.

Learn more information on helping to clean NYC Parks.

Read more about the Wild Bird Fund.

 

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