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)

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Spring Volunteer Orientations

[b]Volunteers Take Part in Our Horseshoe Crab Monitoring Project.[/b][br]Photo © NYC AudubonVolunteers Take Part in Our Horseshoe Crab Monitoring Project.
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Unless otherwise noted, all volunteer orientations meet at 71 West 23rd Street Suite 1523 and require registration in advance

Become a citizen scientist and help conduct conservation research; read below about the various ways to get involved. 

Bird Transporters: We often receive calls from individuals who have found injured birds but are unable to transport them to a rehabilitator. We need caring volunteers to transport these birds to licensed wildlife rehabilitators in the area.

Project Safe Flight: Spring migrants confront many hazards as they migrate through New York City. Volunteers are needed to monitor designated buildings for bird collisions, rescue injured birds, and record any casualties. Orientations will be held Monday, March 20, and Thursday, March 23, 6-7pm.

Horseshoe Crab Monitoring: Count horseshoe crabs, an important food source for migratory shorebirds in Jamaica Bay. Orientations will be held Thursdays, April 13 and 20, 6-7pm.

Harbor Herons Foraging Study: Observe herons and egrets as they forage in New York City waterways. An orientation will be held Monday, May 1, 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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