Get Involved

Conservation Volunteers

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

Becoming a conservation volunteer is a great way to combine a love of the outdoors with 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 polulations in the area. 

Learn more about marsh bird monitoring in:

Indianahttps://gl.audubon.org/news/indiana-marsh-bird-survey-volunteers

Illinoishttps://gl.audubon.org/news/illinois-marsh-bird-survey-volunteers

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.

Learn more about upcoming stewardship days with Audubon Great Lakes: 

Plum Creek is For The Birds!: Volunteer Birdwalk & Restoration Day
Saturday, October 26th, 2019

Join Audubon Great Lakes and conservation partners from across the Chicagoland region for a morning birdwalk followed by habitat restoration on the grassland. The event is free. Parking is free. All ages are welcome. No experience required. All necessary tools, snacks & water will be provided!  More information: https://gl.audubon.org/news/plum-creek-birds

FALL NATIVE SEED PROCESSING
November 2019 - various dates 

Join Audubon Great Lakes and regional partners to process native seed collected by interns, volunteers and staff. Find out the variety of ways to process native seed, learn how to identify different species of native plants by seed and help create crucial seed mixes that will be spread into preserves and natural areas across the Chicagoland region! Events are free, parking is free, all ages are welcome and all levels of experience are invited! More information: https://gl.audubon.org/news/fall-2019-native-seed-processing-events

Seeds n' Sunsets
June through November 2019
Join Audubon Great Lakes, Friends of Bartel Grassland and Forest Preserves of Cook County for weekly evening seed collection, processing and dispersal at Bartel Grassland in Tinley Park, Illinois. Free and fun for all ages and experience levels.

http://gl.audubon.org/get-involved/2019-seeds-n-sunsets

Barrington Greenway Initiative Volunteer Days
April through December 2019
Dive deep into the wilds of Northwest Cook and Southwest Lake counties to restore the globally rare habitats of Barrington Greenway. Free and fun for all ages and experience levels.

http://gl.audubon.org/get-involved/barrington-greenway-initiative

Greenbelt Volunteer Stewardship Days
March through June 2019
Join Audubon Great Lakes and Lake County Forest Preserves for stewardship events at the Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago, Illinois. Free and fun for all ages and experience levels.

http://gl.audubon.org/get-involved/greenbelt-volunteer-stewardship-days

Indian Ridge Marsh Stewardship Days
March through December 2019
Join Audubon Great Lakes, Chicago Park District and the Wetlands Initiative for an adventurous series of community stewardship events at Indian Ridge Marsh in Chicago, Illinois. Free bus pick-up available and fun for all ages and experience levels.

http://gl.audubon.org/get-involved/indian-ridge-marsh-community-stewards...

Related

Indian Ridge Marsh Community Stewardship Days
Volunteer

Indian Ridge Marsh Community Stewardship Days

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

Read more

2019 Seeds N' Sunsets
Volunteer

Seeds N' Sunsets

Join us for seed collection and processing at Bartel Grassland

Read more

Barrington Greenway Initiative Volunteer Days
Volunteer

Barrington Greenway Initiative Volunteer Days

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

Read more

Greenbelt Volunteer Stewardship Days
Volunteer

Greenbelt Volunteer Stewardship Days

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

Read more

Indiana Marsh Bird Survey
Priority Birds

Indiana Marsh Bird Survey

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

Read more

Illinois Calumet Marsh Bird Survey
Priority Birds

Illinois Calumet Marsh Bird Survey

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

Read more

Ways You Can Help