Ways to Help

Community Science Programs

You can help Audubon New York track and protect birds of New York and the entire Atlantic Flyway.

Community science programs help us obtain information we need to track shifting bird populations due to climate change. People of all skill levels and backgrounds, including children, families, individuals, classrooms, retired persons, youth groups, nature centers, and bird clubs can participate in these programs and tell us what you're seeing in your own back yard and your communities! Your participation can mean a world of difference to some of New York's most beloved and iconic species.  Sign up today!

The Great Backyard Bird Count

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Participants are asked to count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the event and report their sightings online at www.birdcount.org. Anyone can participate!

Christmas Bird Count

From December 14 through January 5 tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations.  Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action.


You can also submit your observations anytime to eBird, a project of Audubon and Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. Whether you spot an American Robin on your way to work, or glimpse an American Oystercatcher on the beach, your sightings can play an integral role in furthering Audubon conservation efforts.

Hummingbirds at Home 

Join us as a community scientist to learn more about hummingbirds and how to protect them.

How you can help, right now