Volunteer in the Field: Become a Community 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 count horseshoe crabs at spawning beaches and search for birds that are the victims of collisions with windows. Learn more about our conservation programs and decide how you'd like to participate. If you already know which program you're interested in, check our 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.

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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. .

Unless otherwise noted, all volunteer orientations meet at 71 West 23rd Street Suite 1523 and require registration in advance.

 

Fall 2019 Volunteer Orientations

[b]Tribute in Light Monitoring 2018[/b][br]© NYC AudubonTribute in Light Monitoring 2018
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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 Thursday, August 15, and Tuesday, August 20, 6-7pm. 

Tribute in Light: Each year a tireless group of volunteers monitors the Tribute in Light to ensure that migrating birds to do not become entrapped in the light beams. This is an event in partnership with National September 11 Memorial & Museum. An orientation will be held on Tuesday, September 3, 6-7pm. Please note that space for this orientation is very limited. Participants must be available to monitor in the very late night and early morning hours on September 11-12.  

 

Fall 2019 NYC Shorebird Blitz

[b]Willets[/b][br]© Lloyd SpitalnikWillets
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Contribute to NYC Audubon's conservation efforts by helping us take a one-day snapshot of fall shorebird activity throughout New York City on Sunday, August 18, 2019. The NYC Shorebird Blitz is a community-science initiative that aims to find the total number of shorebirds using our city during a 24-hour period, helping us answer important conservation questions, such as how many shorebirds are coming through our area during fall migration, how they are distributed throughout the City, and what disturbances they face. To learn more and get involved, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

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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