Volunteer Bird Monitoring

Small, pale bird with a black eye line and a dark reddish eye perched on a small branch
Red-eyed vireo

Bill Moses

The Mid-Atlantic Network Inventory and Monitoring Program is seeking highly-skilled birders to join our Bird Monitoring Program. As a Bird Monitoring Volunteer, you will conduct point-counts at pre-selected sites within Mid-Atlantic Network parks. Surveys will be conducted at Booker T. Washington NM, Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania NMP, Petersburg NB, Richmond NBP, and Valley Forge NHP.

By volunteering, you can integrate your birding hobby with scientific research, be part of a monitoring program that helps manage our parks for the enjoyment of future generations, and contribute to a regional initiative that will increase our understanding of the status of bird populations in our national parks. For more information on the monitoring program see our Breeding Bird Monitoring webpage.


  • Improve your bird identification skills.
  • Learn from and network with birders in our area.
  • Learn GPS, map reading, and data collection skills.
  • Take an active role to assist the NPS in its mission to preserve and protect both cultural and natural resources.
  • Increase your appreciation for the significance of natural resources at your National Parks.

Point Counts

  • Will be conducted between May 25 - July 15.
  • Volunteers will record general survey information (e.g. site name, time, weather, etc.).
  • Volunteers will record all birds seen and heard within a 10-minute period.

Time Commitment

  • Approximately 3-4 hour mandatory training covering:
    • Project overview
    • Survey procedures
    • Datasheets
    • GPS and compass use
  • Number of counts will depend on interest and availability of volunteers.
  • Estimated 30 minutes per point to get there, collect basic data, and conduct a 10-minute point count.
  • Point counts will be conducted between sunrise and 5 hours after.

Who to Contact

Booker T. Washington NM: Timbo Sims

Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania NMP: Mark Johnson

Petersburg NB: Tim Blumenschine

Richmond NBP: Kristen Allen

Valley Forge NHP: Kate Jensen

Last updated: July 27, 2018