Volunteer Events


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. , or call 212-691-7483 x304. 

Volunteer on a Winter Seal & Waterbird Eco-Cruise

 Harbor Seals © Don RiepeHarbor Seals © Don Riepe 

Every year, in collaboration with NY Water Taxi, we take hundreds of people onto the water to learn about the environmental and cultural wonders of our waterways. In winter, this means seals, ducks, loons, and more!  We need your help to ensure the programs are of the highest standard. No in depth knowledge about birds (or seals) is necessary.

When: Beginning in January, 2014
Where: South Street Seaport

General Volunteer Orientation

International Coastal Cleanup Day, 9/21/13 © NYC AudubonInternational Coastal Cleanup Day, 9/21/13 © NYC Audubon

Make a difference for New York City's wildlife by volunteering with NYC Audubon. Learn about the many ways to help at our our general orientation!

When: Wednesday, March 12, 6:30-7:30pm
Where: NYC Audubon office @ 71 West 23rd Street, Suite 1523

Project Safe Flight Spring 2014

 An Injured Warbler from a Building Collision © NYC AudubonAn Injured Warbler from a Building Collision © NYC Audubon 

There are many ways to participate in Project Safe Flight!  Volunteers can monitor buildings weekly for window collisions (April 1-June 1); pick up injured birds and transport them to the Wild Bird Fund (as needed); participate in our Tribute in Light monitoring event on Sept. 11; and more. The next training dates for these Project Safe Flight activities are below:


Injured Bird Transporters

When: Monday, September 9 from 6-7pm
Where: The Wild Bird Fund, 565 Columbus Avenue,New York,NY 10024 (between 87th and 88th Streets)

Collision Monitors

When: Monday,March 24 and Friday,March 28, from 6-7pm
Where: NYC Audubon office @ 71 West 23rd Street, Suite 1523


Tribute in Light - date TBA


Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Monitoring Programs in Jamaica Bay

Horseshoe Crab © braindamaged217*Horseshoe Crab © braindamaged217* 

Help NYC Audubon count spawning horsehoe crabs at sunset or by the light of the moon during this year's breeding season - or choose a survey site around Jamaica Bay to monitor shorebirds throughout the summer.  The data you collect in either program will help NYC Audubon scientists understand how our beautiful bay fits into the larger picture of shorebird migration and survival along the Atlantic Flyway.  Learn more at one of our two training sessions this spring!


When: Thursday, April 17, and Friday, April 25, 6-8pm.
Where: NYC Audubon office @ 71 West 23rd Street, Suite 1523 

Harbor Herons Foraging Study

Snowy Egret © Laura MeyersSnowy Egret © Laura Meyers 

By combining the efforts of conservations scientists and volunteers, NYC Audubon has been able to accumulate more than 30 years of data on the nesting and foraging behaviors of our harbor's long-legged waders and other waterbirds, including species such as great egret, glossy ibis, and double-crested cormorant.  Find out more about how you can can get involved in this research effort by attending our May training session.


When: Monday, May 5, 6-8pm
Where: NYC Audubon office @ 71 West 23rd Street, Suite 1523




Please check back with us soon for more Volunteer Events!

For more information on volunteering in New York City, click here.

For information on helping to clean up parks, click here.

To read more about NYC Audubon's conservation efforts, click here.

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