Ways to Help

Citizen Science

Counting birds isn't just for the experts!
Ways to Help

Citizen Science

Counting birds isn't just for the experts!

Around the world, men, women, and children take part in citizen science programs designed to provide data for research on the natural world. Many of these citizen programs involve observing birds. Not only is it great fun, but when you record your bird sightings, you become a citizen scientist! Your counting contributes valuable information to local, state, national, and worldwide databases that inform us about the health of our world, and guide management decisions for the future. 

Volunteer for Audubon Washington's latest citizen science project and count songbirds in the spring in Eastern Washington.

Chapter across Washington are engaged in fun and important citizen science conservation efforts, including grouse monitoring, Pigeon Guillemot surveys, Vaux's Swift research, woodpecker conservation and more. Contact your local chapter and find out what projects they have going on - volunteers are always welcome and greatly appreciated!

Join Audubon and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in the projects below and "bird with a purpose!" 

  • Christmas Bird Count - Participate in the oldest continuously collected record of birds in North America.
  • Great Backyard Bird Count - An annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are.
  • Hummingbirds @ Home - Use your smartphone to input hummingbird data in your community.
  • Project Feederwatch -  A winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America.
  • Nest Watch - Help scientists collect data on the success and failure of nesting birds.
  • Yard Map - A citizen science project designed to cultivate a richer understanding of bird habitat, for both professional scientists and people concerned with their local environments.

Audubon Washington’s Important Bird Areas program relies on citizen scientists across the state.

Tweeters is the UW’s Burke Museum online record of sightings, primarily in western Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia.

NW Inland Birders is geared toward birding east of the Cascades in Washington, Oregon, Idaho.

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