Citizen Science

Mass Audubon offers many opportunities to participate in wildlife research and protection efforts as a citizen science volunteer. Citizen science depends on the research of dedicated individuals and teams working to gather data that can be compiled and analyzed to further our understanding of the natural world.

Current Projects

Swirling cluster of fireflies © Jonathan McElvery
Fireflies © Jonathan McElvery

Firefly Watch combines a fun summer evening ritual with scientific research. Join a network of citizen scientists across the country by observing your own backyard all the while helping scientists map fireflies. Join the project >

eBird

eBird

Mass Audubon eBird portal hotspot map

eBird is a free, user-friendly online platform that allows birders across the world to record, share, and explore their observations at any time. Get started >

Black-throated Green Warbler that died from a window collision
Black-throated Green Warbler

Skyscrapers are not solely responsible for the 300-900 million birds that die each year from colliding with windows. Single-family homes also play an important role, and they vastly outnumber tall city buildings in the US. The average house kills several birds per year, but the victims are easily overlooked. Please help monitor collisions at your residence to help us understand the problem. Get involved >

Barn Swallow fledglings looking out from nest © Ginger Lane
Barn Swallow young © Ginger Lane

Barn Swallows and Cliff Swallows are both declining across the state—and much of North America. Which is why understanding the distribution of local breeding sites is an important conservation goal. If you're a birder, you can help us by identifying colonies of nesting swallows in Massachusetts! Join the project >

Volunteers in the marsh at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

Temporarily suspended. Our wildlife sanctuaries around the state are living laboratories where scientists, naturalists, and volunteers monitor and measure a wide range of natural occurrences from stranded sea turtles to osprey migration to salamander counts. Learn More >