What Volunteer Opportunities Are Available with Forsyth Audubon?
We have regular and recurring needs for volunteers to lead bird walks, assist with planting gardens as part of our Bird-friendly Communities program, working to conserve native habitat for birds in locations like Bethania and Historic Bethabara, and monitoring Brown-headed Nuthatch nest boxes. Keep checking this page for other calls for volunteers.
For details on nest box monitoring, check our Brown-headed Nuthatches page.
Cardinal and Downy Woodpecker Study
Matthew Fuxjager, Assistant Professor with the Wake Forest University Department of Biology offers this volunteer opportunity:
I’m a new professor at Wake Forest who studies avian social behavior, and I’m looking to set up a citizen scientist program with the local Audubon chapter. My work revolves around a number of different topics, including territorial behavior and physical display behavior. I therefore have two ongoing projects in which I’d like to recruit Audubon volunteers! The first involves studying the aggressive behavior of northern cardinals and how this behavior changes in response to winning fights against other intruding males. The second involves studying the drumming behavior of downy and hairy woodpeckers, particularly the information that the drum conveys to other individuals.
We ask for volunteers who have a cardinal or downy woodpecker in their yard or on their property, and who don’t mind if we incorporate their bird’s behavior into our study. We would then come to your property, band the bird, and watch it over the subsequent months. This can be the extent of your involvement, and the cool thing is that you’ll have some banded birds in your yard to track from your kitchen window over time. However, if folks are interested in participating more than this, we would be happy to work with you and train you in some of our field methods. In such cases, you might be able to help collect data that will be used in our lab’s scientific publications.
If you’re interested in participating, please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to have Audubon members on board, and we think we can accomplish some great science.
Share your love of birds and nature with children
Forsyth Audubon needs caring, enthusiastic adults to present programs and lead bird walks for children's groups. We often get requests for kids programs around the time of the Great Backyard Bird Count, but we have requests at other times too. In addition we are working to build partnerships with scout groups and 4-H clubs.
Share your love of birds with interested community groups
Forsyth Audubon receives requests from Garden Clubs and other community groups to present information about birds. This is a great opportunity to spread the word about our projects such as the Lights Out Program, the Brown-headed Nuthatch nestboxes, our Woodthrush project, and Bird Friendly backyards. Groups also would just like help identifying the birds they are seeing at their backyard feeders. We can provide slides and information to help with these community presentations.
For more information on either role, please contact Education Chair Wendy Hawkins, 336-723-2095.