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.

 

(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. .

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

 

Spring 2020 Volunteer Orientations

[b]Project Safe Flight Volunteer Annie Novak Patrolling Route in Downtown Manhattan, Spring 2018[/b][br]© Sophie ButcherProject Safe Flight Volunteer Annie Novak Patrolling Route in Downtown Manhattan, Spring 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, March 12, and Wednesday, March 18, 6-7:30pm at the NYC Audubon office; an additional orientation will be held Saturday, March 14, 2-3:30pm, at Hunter’s Point Library in Long Island City, Queens (register on Eventbrite here). 

Horseshoe Crab Monitoring: Horseshoe crab eggs are an important food source for migratory shorebirds. Collect data on spawning horseshoe crabs by counting them in Jamaica Bay. The count occurs on 12 nights in May and June, but you don’t have to be able to make every count to sign up. Orientations will be held Thursday, April 9, and Friday, April 17, 6-7:30pm, at the NYC Audubon office; a third orientation will be held Thursday, April 23, 6-7:30pm at New York Aquarium in Brooklyn. 

 

Spring 2020 NYC Shorebird Blitz

[b]Willets[/b][br]© Lloyd SpitalnikWillets
© Lloyd Spitalnik

Contribute to NYC Audubon's conservation efforts by helping us take a one-day snapshot of spring shorebird activity throughout New York City on Sunday, May 24, 2020. 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 spring migration, how they are distributed throughout the City, and what disturbances they face. 

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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