Mohonk Preserve’s Citizen Science Program, launched in 2014, invites members of the community to engage in scientific research and long-term ecological monitoring through direct participation in natural history observation, data collection, and analysis. This program aims to provide educational and science-based volunteer opportunities for participants of all ages and experience levels and promote a deeper understanding of the local impacts on climate change.
Citizen Science Volunteers
- Receive training and support from Preserve staff and experienced volunteer leaders
- Become a critical part of the Conservation Science team’s efforts on the Shawangunk Ridge.
- May participate in a wide range of ongoing studies and projects
Citizen Science Volunteer Opportunities Include
- Phenology Project – (year-round) record the timing of seasonal events of specific flora and fauna species at the Foothills and Spring Farm Phenology Trails
- Climate Trackers – (year-round) assist with daily weather monitoring and Mohonk Lake sampling
- Bird Programs
- Peregrine Watch – (February-June) monitor nesting activity of a New York State Endangered Species, the Peregrine Falcon
- Breeding Bird Census – (May-June) help map bird territories on the Shawangunk Ridge
- Hawk Watch – (September-November) document the fall hawk migration
- Christmas Bird Count – (one set day in December) identify and count present avian species during the winter holiday season
- Bluebird Trail – (April-August) monitor and record bluebird nest occupancy and productivity over time in relation to habitat quality.
For more information about the Citizen Science Program please contact:
Research Collection Citizen Science Coordinator
(845) 255-0919 ext. 1271