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Become a Shorebird Project Volunteer



Spring brings the shorebird migration season. The Delaware Shorebird Project needs experienced and dedicated volunteers for the field season each spring.

To apply, please fill out and return the Volunteer Information Form. New applicants should send a letter of interest briefly describing their experience and what they hope to gain by volunteering.

Send all application materials to deshorebirds@gmail.com.

Experience and Duration

The Project needs volunteers with experience in bird capture, handling and banding, avian surveys and data collection. Less-experienced volunteers can be trained. Those who can commit to extended participation quickly gain the necessary experience to contribute to all aspects of the fieldwork.

Volunteers must contribute at least three days of service during the field season. The Project team works seven days a week. There is always something for volunteers to do.

Volunteers must be able to withstand possible long days outside with heat, cold and biting insects.

In the Field

Shorebird Volunteers
Photo by Henrietta Bellman

Volunteers work with a wonderful team of scientists and volunteers from across the U.S. and around the globe.

Field activities vary by day. One day volunteers may assist with banding. The next they may do surveys for marked birds. Or they may be asked to help with equipment and supplies.

The Project has secured a house in Slaughter Beach as a base of operations. Limited space may be available for overnight stay by volunteers. Those wishing to stay should indicate so on the Volunteer Information Form.

Training

We ask all volunteers (including returning individuals) to complete the training modules below. We update these regularly so it is important to review the current information.




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