Coastal Waterbird Program — Education & Training

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Staff and volunteers erect sign at Popponessett Beach.
Staff and volunteers erect sign at Popponessett Beach.

The Coastal Waterbird Program has a strong commitment to training and education. We have trained and mentored over 1,500 field staff over the past 35 years.

Our program has conducted hundreds of educational programs on beaches, at schools, and for the general public. A recent educational project included installation of a webcam to record American Oystercatcher nesting behavior.

In addition, we have worked closely with beach managers and policy-makers to provide information on coastal waterbird protection.

Trainee Program


CWP Trainees are critical to the core of what we do—protect birds on the beaches and develop capacity in future generations of conservationists.

Our Trainee Program, supported by donations from foundations and individuals, allows us to train up to 40 seasonal staff each season, consisting of paid field assistants and student trainees. In addition, we provide training for staff of partner organizations.

Seasonal staff often include recent college graduates wishing to gain experience in conservation biology; trainees are less experienced but many return in subsequent years for paid positions and college thesis projects.

We house up to seven seasonal staff each season at Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary in Barnstable. In addition, staff are housed at other Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuaries or in field housing with other organizations.