Citizen Science Program

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
  • Vernal Pool Monitoring – (April) identify, count, and monitor amphibian populations in many of the vernal pools on the Shawangunk Ridge
  • 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
  • StreamWatch

For more information about the Citizen Science Program please contact:

Natalie Feldsine
Research Collection Citizen Science Coordinator
(845) 255-0919 ext. 1271
nfeldsine@mohonkpreserve.org