A student surveying birds.
A student surveying birds.
Get Involved

Community Science

Turn your passion for birding into science.
Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
Photo: Evan Barrientos/Audubon Rockies
Get Involved

Community Science

Turn your passion for birding into science.

Help birds and gain research experience! Community science is the collection and analysis of scientific data by everyday people in collaboration with professional scientists. We know you don’t have to be a professional scientist to make a real difference in the world of conservation. There are endless opportunities for anyone to get involved in bird conservation through community science. The data you collect as part of these projects can be used in real-world studies, making tangible differences in our understanding of bird populations and how best to conserve them. By participting, you'll increase our ability to collect data and use it to conserve birds.

Traditionally called "citizen science" we at Audubon now uses the word "community" to include all our members.

To ask about a community science opportunities, email Zach Hutchinson or call (307)-247-0700.

Community Science Opportunities

Wyoming Naturalist Program
Community Naturalist

Wyoming Naturalist Program

Learn about Wyoming nature from experts and join a community of volunteer conservationists.

Read more

Wyoming BioBlitz
Community Naturalist

Wyoming BioBlitz

Join us for a weekend of surveying and learning about wildlife!

Read more

Bird Banding
Community Science

Bird Banding

Collecting data for migratory bird conservation

Read more

Community Science in Southwest Colorado
Community Naturalist In Colorado

Community Science in Southwest Colorado

Collecting data for local conservation science projects.

Read more

The Great Backyard Bird Count
Community Science

The Great Backyard Bird Count

Every February, count birds in your own backyard to help expand our understanding of birds.

Read more

Climate Watch
Community Naturalist

Climate Watch

A new community science program explores how North American birds are responding to climate change.

Read more

Christmas Bird Counts
Community Science

Christmas Bird Counts

Participate in the longest-running community science project.

Read more

News and Articles

Learning to Band Birds in Wyoming
Bird Banding

Learning to Band Birds in Wyoming

Reflections from our 2022 bird banding intern.

To Experience Migration in a New Way, Check Out a Bird Banding Station
Bird Banding

To Experience Migration in a New Way, Check Out a Bird Banding Station

Visiting or volunteering at one of these sites can provide up-close avian encounters and a chance to contribute to valuable data collection.

Community Science in Southwest Colorado
Community Naturalist In Colorado

Community Science in Southwest Colorado

Collecting data for local conservation science projects.

Citizen Science Takes Flight with Annual Bird Counts
Christmas Bird Count

Citizen Science Takes Flight with Annual Bird Counts

From the Durango Herald, read how Christmas Bird Count tallies in Southern Colorado boost avian research and conservation.

San Juan Bird Surveys Second Year Recap
Community Science

San Juan Bird Surveys Second Year Recap

Project leaders provide an update on a study of birds and forest thinning in southwest Colorado.

121st Christmas Bird Count tallies 4,746 birds, 67 species
Community Naturalist

121st Christmas Bird Count tallies 4,746 birds, 67 species

(Published in the Pagosa SUN) While socially distanced, Pagosa Springs observers found more birds than last year.

Bird Banding Alone
Bird Banding

Bird Banding Alone

Results from a 2020 summer at our MAPS stations without volunteers.

Climate Watch
Community Naturalist

Climate Watch

A new community science program explores how North American birds are responding to climate change.

The Pagosa Springs 2020 Christmas Bird Count
Community Science

The Pagosa Springs 2020 Christmas Bird Count

Counting Birds Because it Matters

How you can help, right now