Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Chestnut-sided Warbler found injured by Project Safe Flight volunteer. Photo: Sophie Butcher
NYC Audubon could not be successful in carrying out its mission of protecting the wild birds and habitats of New York City without the help of its corps of brilliant community scientists and dedicated volunteers. There are several ways you can help birds, with varying time commitments to fit your schedule. No bird knowledge is required; anyone can help!
Christmas Bird Count in New York City. Photo: Camilla Cerea / Audubon
Christmas Bird Count in New York City. Photo: Camilla Cerea / Audubon
Christmas Bird Count 2022
The Audubon Christmas Bird Count, a tradition first proposed by ornithologist Frank M. Chapman on Christmas Day 1900, is the nation's longest-running Community-Science bird project. Learn how you can get involved in the 2022 Audubon Christmas Bird Count and help researchers, conservation biologists, and other interested individuals to study the long-term health of bird populations across North America. 
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Injured Golden-crowned Kinglet in need of assistance. Photo: NYC Audubon
Injured Golden-crowned Kinglet in need of assistance. Photo: NYC Audubon
Injured Bird Response Team
New Yorkers find injured and baby birds year-round but are unsure of how to help. As an Injured Bird Response Team volunteer, you will be answering injured bird inquiries sent to NYC Audubon, and -- if needed -- putting out an alert to our Injured Bird Transport Team to take the bird to a rehabilitation center. This volunteer opportunity is fully remote and requires a low-time commitment. Volunteers are encouraged but not required to sign up for a weekly 5-hour shift. If interested, please email Katherine Chen at kchen@nycaudubon.org for more information.
Injured American Woodcock contained and in need of transport. Photo: Tristan Higginbotham
Injured American Woodcock contained and in need of transport. Photo: Tristan Higginbotham
Injured Bird Transport Team
Oftentimes, people find an injured bird in need of treatment but are unable to bring it to a rehabilitation center themselves. Injured Bird Transporters are needed to travel to locations throughout the city and carry injured or orphaned birds to the Wild Bird Fund or another rehabilitation center. Transporters can determine for themselves based on their schedule and location whether or not to answer a request sent to the Injured Bird Transporters team. In general, this volunteer opportunity calls for a medium-time commitment that is dependent on the transporter’s own location and the pickup location for the bird. If interested, please email Katherine Chen at kchen@nycaudubon.org for more information.