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Conservation Volunteers

Get outdoors with the local conservation community and make a difference for birds and the places they need.

COVID-19 Update: Audubon Stewardship & Engagement Volunteer Days and Events are cancelled until June 30, 2020. 

For more information on Audubon Great Lakes COVID19 Response, please visit: https://gl.audubon.org/news/covid-19-updates-information.

Questions? Please email us at AudubonGreatLakes@audubon.org

Becoming a conservation volunteer is a great way to combine a love of the outdoors by taking direct action to help restore and maintain critical habitat in your local area.

Bird Monitors

Volunteers provide critical data about the health of bird populations in the area. 

Learn more about marsh bird monitoring in Indiana and Illinois.

Stewardship Volunteers

Volunteers at Audubon’s restoration projects dedicate their free time to revitalizing our most treasured natural areas back to good health:

  • They remove invasive trees and brush;
  • They collect and plant native seeds;
  • They conduct controlled burns;
  • And much more.

Audubon Volunteer Events & Opportunities 

Important Update: All Audubon Great Lakes Volunteer Stewardship Events are cancelled until further notice. 

Barrington Greenway Initiative Volunteer Days
January through December 2020*
Dive deep into the wilds of Northwest Cook and Southwest Lake counties to restore the globally rare habitats of Barrington Greenway. Free events and fun for all ages and experience levels.
http://gl.audubon.org/get-involved/barrington-greenway-initiative

Bartel Grassland Volunteer Stewardship & Bird Walks!
February through December 2020*
Join Audubon Great Lakes, Friends of Bartel Grassland and Forest Preserves of Cook County for various volunteer events focused on birding, sed collection, processing and dispersal, and grassland stewardship at Bartel Grassland in Tinley Park, Illinois. Free and fun for all ages and experience levels.
https://gl.audubon.org/get-involved/2020-bartel-grassland-stewardship

Greenbelt Volunteer Stewardship Days
January through June 2020*
Join Audubon Great Lakes and Lake County Forest Preserves for stewardship events at the Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago, Illinois. Free events and fun for all ages and experience levels.
http://gl.audubon.org/get-involved/greenbelt-volunteer-stewardship-days

SE Side Natural Areas Community Stewardship Days
February through December 2020*
Join Volunteer Steward, Samuel Long, Audubon Great Lakes, Chicago Park District, and The Wetlands Initiative for a series of stewardship events at Indian Ridge Marsh in Chicago, Illinois. Free events and fun for all ages and experience levels.
https://gl.audubon.org/get-involved/se-side-natural-areas-community-stewardship-days

 

* - cancelled until further notice

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Join us for a fun series of stewardship events at Indian Ridge Marsh in Chicago, Illinois!

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2020 Bartel Grassland Stewardship
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Seeds N' Sunsets

Join us for seed collection and processing at Bartel Grassland

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Barrington Greenway Initiative Volunteer Days
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Join us at in the tallgrass prairies, oak savannas, woodlands, and wetlands of the Barrington Greenway!

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Greenbelt Volunteer Stewardship Days
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Greenbelt Volunteer Stewardship Days

Join us for future restoration events at the Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago, Illinois.

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Indiana Marsh Bird Survey
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Marsh bird surveys are needed to better inform habitat management at Indiana wetlands.

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Illinois Calumet Marsh Bird Survey
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Illinois Calumet Marsh Bird Survey

The Illinois Calumet Marsh bird survey informs habitat restoration at important wetlands in the Calumet Region.

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