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 Projects

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

Calling all birders and bird enthusiasts! We have launched a multi-year citizen science project to study Eastern Meadowlarks. The project aims to collect presence-absence data for Eastern Meadowlarks at randomly selected sites throughout Massachusetts from April 20 to June 15, 2018.

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Closeup of firefly on leaf © Don Salvatore
© Don Salvatore

Spotting fireflies is a special part of warm summer nights, but lately, they seem to be disappearing from our landscape. For the past few years, Boston’s Museum of Science (MOS) along with university researchers, tracked these amazing insects through a citizen science project called Firefly Watch. Starting in Spring 2018, Mass Audubon will be taking over the project and will work with Tufts University to continue this exciting research.

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Other Projects

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 >

Birders 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 >