Breeding Landbird Volunteer Opportunities

A Blackburnian Warbler perches on a branch on the left. A pair of binoculars and a bird monitoring sign hover over the banner on the right.
Uncle Sam wants YOU to go birding!

National Park Volunteer Bird Monitoring Opportunities

NETN is seeking skilled birders to join our Volunteer Breeding Bird Monitoring Program. By volunteering, you’ll be turning your birding hobby into part of a long-term scientific research program that helps the National Park Service better understand the health of bird populations and forested ecosystems. The bird data you collect will be integrated with a regional initiative that will increase our understanding of the status of bird populations across Eastern U.S. national parks. For more information on the monitoring program see our Breeding Landbird Monitoring webpage.

WHAT: Forest Breeding Bird Monitoring

WHERE: A National Park forest near you.

HOW: Conduct a series 10-minute bird surveys at five to ten “point-count” stations along your route.

WHEN: At least one birding trip in late May or June. Must be at first point on route very early in the morning (5:30 AMish)!

Chestnut-sided Warbler. Melanie Underwood
Chestnut-sided Warbler.

Melanie Underwood


Skills Required: Volunteer observers must possess excellent bird identification skills (both visual and aural), and be capable of identifying the majority of songbird species that breed in the park. They must also be capable of hiking on variable terrain, often without trails, and navigating with GPS and/or map and compass.

Time Commitment:

Maximum of about 15 total hours between mid-April and mid-August.Surveys take between 3 to 5 hours during on one or two mornings in late May or June (this does not include travel time to and from the park). Surveys are to be conducted during the early morning hours (e.g. arrive at the first point at approximately 5:30 AM). In addition, another 5-10 hours of time may be needed for training/refresher exercises and to transfer data from field forms onto data sheets.

If this sounds like something of interest to you, contact the Landbird Monitoring Coordinator (email link on bottom of page) for more information.

NETN Breeding Landbird Program - Volunteer Materials

Click below to view download links to forms and the Volunteer Resource Manual

Source: Data Store Saved Search 2274. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.


Northeast Temperate Network Breeding Landbird Monitoring Sites


Northeast Temperate Network Staff Contacts for Breeding Landbird Monitoring

Program Manager: Aaron Weed
Data Manager: Adam Kozlowski
Landbird Monitoring Coordinator:: Ed Sharron

Last updated: June 15, 2020