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.

Featured Project

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

Window collisions are a surprisingly significant source of bird mortality in the US, causing up to 100 million casualties annually. While programs exist in most major cities to study and mitigate this problem, its scale in Boston is largely unknown. That's why we're seeking volunteers to help monitor bird-window collisions in downtown Boston. 

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Other 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 >

Eastern meadowlark © John Galluzzo, Mass Audubon
Eastern meadowlark © John Galluzzo, Mass Audubon

Eastern Meadowlarks are in serious decline in Massachusetts and across the Northeast. So, in 2017, we launched a multi-year citizen science project to study the species statewide by collecting presence-absence data for meadowlarks at randomly selected sites during the late spring and early summer. To succeed, it's critical that we get help from citizen scientists! Learn More >

Volunteers in the marsh at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary

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 >

Young boys birding at Joppa Flats

Bird sighting reports from backyards, feeders, highways, and conservation areas are important to our efforts to learn more about the populations, distributions, and breeding activities of the birds of Massachusetts. We encourage you to report your sightings through eBird! We also have specific projects for sightings of Chimney Swifts, Cliff Swallows, American Kestrels, owls, and hummingbirds. Learn More >