What is Citizen Science?
Citizen Science engages
volunteers in the collection of ecological information.
The NJA Citizen Science program we aim to develop information datasets through
citizen participation, on the abundance distribution, and
demography of avian species.
We can use the
information collected through the contributions of Citizen
Scientists to provide the basis for managing bird populations at multiple spatial and temporal scales,
to improve our knowledge of the ecology of New Jersey, and to
promote habitat preservation. Using the citizen science approach
enables us to obtain the information we need, while also immersing
our citizen scientists into the scientific process.
New Jersey Audubon's Citizen Science program aims
foster environmental awareness among New Jersey's citizens
through active participation
protect New Jersey's birds and other animals, especially
endangered and threatened species through collection of data
on bird distributions and abundance, population trends,
promote habitat preservation by improving our knowledge of
the ecology of New Jersey through the contributions of Citizen
opportunity to actively help acquire a great knowledge of the
ecology of New Jersey and contribute to the conservation
of our valuable natural resources, while involved in activities
that they enjoy. The data collected through citizen
science programs can be incorporated into management and
conservation plans, and influence local, state and federal
|Citizen Scientists Needed!
2014 Arthur Kill Watershed and
Raritan-Piedmont Bird Surveys
Jersey Audubon is recruiting volunteer Citizen Scientists for two
projects that involve bird and/or invasive plant surveys. We are
looking for people with some bird ID skills to conduct bird point
counts, and for people to survey invasive plants species. Volunteers
can participate in either the bird or the invasive plant survey, or
both. We prefer people who can do both surveys concurrently, but if you
prefer to do one or the other, you are still welcome to join us!
Scientists are required to attend one training session in April. We
will run a combined bird and invasive plant workshop that will include a
species identification component and methodology training. During the
workshop participants will be assigned to a survey site. Bird survey
citizen scientists are asked to visit their survey site three times –
once to scout their assigned points and determine access, and twice for
surveys (once between May 26- June 15 and again between June 16-30).
Invasive plant survey citizen scientists are asked to visit their site
twice between May 26 and June 30 to conduct surveys.
Arthur Kill Watershed Survey 2014
Jersey Audubon is recruiting Citizen Scientists for a survey of birds
and invasive plants in natural areas in the Arthur Kill watershed (parts
of Essex, Union, and Middlesex Counties). This project is a NJ Audubon
effort, funded through National Audubon’s and Toyota’s TogetherGreen
program. Through this effort we want to obtain baseline information on
abundance and distribution of bird and invasive plant species in
important greenways remaining in this heavily industrialized and
urbanized watershed. Areas of interest include South Mountain, Ash Brook
Reservation, and the main tributaries to the Arthur Kill (the
Elizabeth, Rahway, and Woodbridge Rivers), among others. Results of
this study will be used to guide conservation efforts in the area.
Raritan-Piedmont Survey 2014
Jersey Audubon is recruiting Citizen Scientists for a 2014 bird and
invasive plant survey in forested habitats within the Piedmont section
of the Raritan River watershed (parts of Hunterdon, Somerset, and
Middlesex Counties). This is a joint project between Raritan Valley
Community College and NJ Audubon, funded through NSF’s SENCER-ISE (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities-Informal Science Education) program, to study the effects of invasive plants and deer browsing on our forests birds and native flora.
If you would like to participate or receive more information, please contact: Laura Stern at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Mike Allen at email@example.com
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Citizen Science Projects
Connecting People to Urban Wetlands: Preserving Biodiversity in the Raritan River Watershed
Funded by TogetherGreen
-- To determine the abundance and
distribution of grasslands bird populations breeding in private
lands enrolled in incentive programs in New
Jersey and assess the effectiveness of these programs.
-- To assess status and changes
in populations of shorebirds using the New Jersey coast during
spring and fall migration, to better manage and conserve
-- To determine the importance
of different foraging areas in the NY/NJ Harbor for herons and
On June 26, 2011, NJ Audubon working with Duke Farms coordinated a bioblitz!
Teams of experts on local flora and fauna gathered on that Sunday, as Duke Farms hosted its second BioBlitz, a one-day treasure hunt to identify and record species of plants and animals found on the property. For more info go to:
We thank the many volunteers who helped out in 2011!
Bird surveys: Greg Cantrell, Karen Carlough, Bernadette Conrad, Mike Dixon, Laurie Gneiding, Bill Margaretta, Toni Margaretta, Tony Masso, Steve Mattan, Dan Morley, Stephen Porter, Dani Porter, George Roussey, Steve Salata, Tom Smith, Margaret Thomas, Susanna Treesh
Pond Macroinvertebrates: Nicole Rahman
Butterflies: Chris and Paula Williams and all the NABA people!
Fungi: Mycological Association
Greg participates in
several of our surveys and keeps a blog about his
birding and citizen science experiences
Haviland's web page
Susan is one of our citizen
scientists who conducts shorebird surveys at
Great Bay Boulevard
Wildlife Management Area. Her website includes
photos, film clips, and her blog!
Scott Elowitz Photography
Scott Elowitz's photos
manage to capture the essence of the bird. We
frequently use his images in our citizen science
To participate contact:
Director of Citizen Science, NJ Audubon
11 Hardscrabble Road, PO Box 693
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
Phone: (908) 766-5787 X12 -- Fax: (908) 766-7775