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Volunteer Opportunities in Syracuse, New York

Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps Hundreds of community volunteers have become environmental stewards of Onondaga Lake since the formation of the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps in summer 2012. The Corps is an expanding organization of community volunteers who are contributing to restoration projects that are creating or improving wildlife habitat in the Onondaga Lake watershed. The Corps seeks to inspire future stewards of Onondaga Lake and its watershed through a hands-on, experience-based program that offers citizens and organizations the opportunity to participate in activities that help restore and sustain Onondaga Lake and its value as an Important Bird Area.

If you are interested in volunteering, or for information on upcoming events and past projects, click here.


Volunteer Opportunities in Upstate New York

Lake Ontario Piping Plover Monitoring-Piping Plovers were observed at Sandy Island Beach State Park and Lakeview Wildlife Management Area in 2015 and we are hoping they will return in 2017. Those were the first sightings of a plover on the Lake Ontario in NY in decades!  The Great Lakes population of the Piping Plover is federally endangered and most of the population breeds in Michigan.  Piping Plovers haven’t nested on Lake Ontario in NY since 1984 so having them back in this part of NY during breeding season is incredibly exciting.  

We are looking for scouters to go out weekly in the spring of 2017 and see if birds have returned to the shore. If plovers return, we will may need volunteers to help monitor them throughout the summer.  We welcome volunteers who can help out one day or multiple days! Volunteers play a critical role in conservation by helping to ensure disturbance is at a minimum. We will provide a training and brochures that you can share with beach visitors. Access to the sites varies by site and might involve a long walk on the beach or a boat so volunteers need to be comfortable with those forms of transport.

If you are interested in this opportunity for the spring of 2017, please email our Director of Bird Conservation Jillian Liner at jliner@audubon.org           

Volunteer Opportunities in New York City

For the Birds! Program of NYC

For the Birds! is an elementary education program that teaches environmental awareness and appreciation of nature through the study of birds.  During a 4, 8 or 16 week session, public and private school students in grades 2 through 4 learn about their natural environment through classroom lessons, outdoor field trips, and a conservation project designed to improve bird habitat in the local community.  For the Birds! exposes students, usually for the first time, to the idea that their own neighborhoods provide valuable habitat to birds and other urban wildlife. 

Thanks to our strong volunteer corps, For the Birds!  is taught in all five boroughs and has been a flagship environmental education program of Audubon New York for nearly two decades.  We'd love to continue building our program with the help of our dedicated volunteers!

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Rich Santangelo, For the Birds! Education Program Manager at rsantangelo@audubon.org or 212-979-3077.

Volunteer Opportunities on Long Island-

Be a Good Egg Outreach Program

Since 2013, staff and volunteers have been working to increase the awareness of and reduce threats to beach nesting birds by encouraging beachgoers to pledge to “share the shore” with Piping Plovers and other beach nesting bird species. During our “on the beach” outreach days, we set up a tent and table at the entrance to busy Long Island beaches and talk to as many beachgoers as possible about beach nesting birds. We provide visitors with pamphlets and brochures about beach nesting bird biology, our conservation work, and information on how to reduce disturbances to birds. Then, we ask visitors to sign our “Be a Good Egg” pledge and therefore agree to stay out of fenced off nesting areas, keep trash off the beach, and to follow rules on bringing dogs to the beach. Prior to these outreach events, we’ll ask new volunteers to complete a brief online training webinar.

If you are interested in volunteering for the 2017 beach season, please email Kathryn, our Volunteer Coordinator (kdamico@audubon.org) for more information and to sign up.