Barred Owl by Christy Cox
Volunteer with Atlanta Audubon Society
Atlanta Audubon Society depends on volunteers to help with many of our activities and some events. Are you looking for a way to get involved? Please take a look and let us know if you are interested in volunteering for these programs! We need you!
To volunteer, send an email with your name, phone number, and area of interest to Nikki or to the contact person listed with some of our activities. An Atlanta Audubon staff member or volunteer will contact you with details of ongoing opportunities or when we need your help for specific events. Join us in making a difference!
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Here are some other things we do:
Practically every day on weekends and even on some weekdays, Atlanta Audubon holds walks to avian hotspots. Bird walks are led by people who are particularly knowledgeable about birds but accept no fees for their services. We visit parks such as Stone Mountain, Kennesaw Mountain, Murphey Candler, Cochran Shoals, Constitution Lakes, Reynolds Nature Preserve, Hard Labor Creek, Sweetwater and many others. Maybe you'd like to lead a walk yourself! We also need volunteers to spread publicity about walks in newspapers, on web sites and blogs, at birding supply and nature stores - anywhere where people interested in birds might see them. Are you interested in leading a field trip, contact our field trip coordinator.
We work at festivals and other events
We are always in need of people who can help at festivals and events throughout north Georgia. Volunteers set up displays and staff our table. People who visit the table seek information about Audubon but they also may want tell you about the bluebirds in their yard and the ducks on their pond. And they might seek your help in identifying "a funny little brown bird" that has been hanging around their bushes! If you're interested in helping with festivals or events, contact Melanie Furr, Education Director.
The culmination of the Audubon year is the annual holiday party in early December, which takes different forms in different years. If you like to plan parties, we could use your talents. To volunteer to help, contact Dottie Head, Director of Membership & Communications.
We have a newsletter and blog site
Atlanta Audubon produces monthly newsletter, Wingbars, and we also have a blog where we post relevant, bird-themed content. If you're a writer and have a bird-related story to tell, we'd welcome your submissions for our blog and possible consideration for our newsletter. We primarily focus on Georgia bird-related issues, but we're also open to guest articles about birding travel experiences. Perhaps you'd like to tell us about all those fabulous birds you saw on your trip to Alaska or South America or would like to expound on some bird-related issue. If you have an article in mind, please contact Dottie Head, Director of Membership & Communications.
Atlanta Audubon conducts classes for children and can often use a hand with preparation and presentations. Our future is with our young people! If you're interested in helping with festivals or events, contact Melanie Furr, Director of Education.
WE Plant and pull
Atlanta Audubon sponsors habitat work days on our habitat restoration sites, and also in partnership with other organizations, including Oldcastle, Constitution Lakes, and the Atlanta Beltline. Individuals and/or groups are welcome to come pull invasive plant species and help plant native plants that benefit birds. If you are interested in helping, please contact Adam Betuel, Director of Conservation.
Volunteers are needed to create and present information to various groups about birds and what we can do to help them. Topics include Important Bird Areas, shade-grown coffee, the Wildlife Sanctuary Program, greenspace initiatives and most any other bird-related topic that comes to mind. If you have expertise, maybe you'd like to share it. If you're interested in helping with talks, contact Melanie Furr, Education Director.
Each year we take to the field in the Christmas bird counts throughout the metro area and share the results. Join thousands of people across the country in the longest-running community science survey in the world as we provide critical data on population trends. We also take part in the Great Backyard Bird Count around Valentines Day, an event in which you count birds at a site of your own choosing. Check out our Community Science page for details.
Atlanta Audubon is governed by a board of up to 18 members that meets quarterly. All board members are bird lovers, but many also have special expertise in such areas as conservation, law, fund-raising, marketing, and investments. Maybe you have a particular area of knowledge that would be useful to the organization? Reach out to Nikki Belmonte, Executive Director, for more information.
We Monitor Bird Building Collisions
We need volunteers to help us monitor for bird-building collisions through our Project Safe Flight Program. Fall monitoring runs August 15 to November 15 and spring monitoring runs from March 15 to May 15. Volunteers walk a pre-determined route early in the morning taking notes on collisions, collecting dead birds for scientific purposes (Atlanta Audubon has all necessary permits), and occasionally helping injured birds. If interested, please contact Director of Conservation, Adam Betuel.