Volunteer in the Field: Become a Community Scientist

Special Notice: NYC Audubon prides itself on connecting people to nature and conservation through engaging programming that brings together individuals united by a passion for wildlife and the outdoors. Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are approaching our mission to connect and unite with one another through an adjusted lens. All in-person programming remains suspended in accordance with the NY State PAUSE order, and for the safety of our participants, guides, and staff. We are following state and federal government guidance, are in touch with city agencies, and continue to monitor the situation closely. We look forward to seeing our members and friends, and birding and working together once more, when it is again safe to do so. Read more about modified events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Help birds by getting involved with NYC Audubon's advocacy work. Become an Avian Advocate!

[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
© NYC Audubon

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!


Project Safe Flight Information Sessions

[b]Common Yellowthroat Found by Project Safe Flight Volunteer[/b][br]© Francois PortmannCommon Yellowthroat Found by Project Safe Flight Volunteer
© Francois Portmann

Light and glass pose major threats to migratory birds as they move through New York City. Project Safe Flight's conservation efforts focus on collision prevention, rescuing injured birds and counting those that have perished. This work is performed by many diligent and devoted volunteers. Learn more about our program, how you can protect and conserve birds in urban spaces, and how to get involved as a volunteer by signing up for one of our online informational sessions. Online information sessions will be held:

Tuesday, August 18, 6-7pm
Thursday, August 20, 2-3pm
Tuesday, August 25, 6-7pm 

Register for an information session on Eventbrite


New York State Breeding Bird Atlas III

The third New York State Breeding Bird Atlas has begun! Over the next five years, thousands of birders will survey breeding birds in our state—and you can be a part of it. Learn more about the Atlas at www.ebird.org/atlasny/home. Contact Molly Adams at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to participate.


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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