Become a Citizen Scientist

As a volunteer for VCE, you need not scale high peaks to count songbirds. But we wouldn't mind if you did. We won't ask you to leap into a cold lake to place a loon nesting platform. But it would great if you were into that sort of thing. And if you don't know a fern from a fritillary, we don't mind.

From bogs to backyards, you'll find many ways to help us unite people and science for conservation. But also essential to our work are the folks who help us indoors. If you'd rather not muck around a swamp or hike to a summit, you can still volunteer for VCE – even from the comfort of home.

Julie Nicholson Citizen Science Award

Julie’s extraordinary passion and commitment to birds and conservation remains an inspiration to all of us, We present the award each year to a volunteer who exemplifies Julie’s commitment to the causes of citizen science and conservation. Learn more about this award and past recipients

Citizen Science Projects

Contact us for general volunteer information or details about any of these projects. And check back here from time to time because our volunteer needs change throughout the year.

ProjectDescriptionVolunteers NeededApp-basedExperience LevelsTraining Required?Project Contact
Vermont Vernal Pool Monitoring ProjectVolunteers will visit “adopted” pools on an annual basis to assess biological and physical metrics to help assess the health of these vital wetlands. SpringNoBeginner to ExpertLiza Morse
Vermont Loon Conservation ProjectHelp rescue injured loons, respond quickly to lake for a survey, help build and place nest warning signs and rafts, and more. NoBeginner to ExpertEric Hanson
Join an online community of naturalists and biologists to document and share biodiversity observations across Vermont.Year-RoundPhone & WebBeginner to ExpertKent McFarland
Help us track bird populations across the state and beyond using this real-time, online checklist program.Year-RoundPhone & WebBeginner to ExpertKent McFarland
LoonWatchJoin us for a single day during our annual loon count or monitor a lake or pond on a regular basis to provide essential data for the management, protection and continued recovery of Common Loons across Vermont.annual loon count in July or monitor a lake or pond on a regular basisWebBeginner to ExpertEric Hanson
Add your sightings and help us track butterfly populations across the continent using this real-time, online checklist and photo storage program.Year-RoundWebBeginner to ExpertKent McFarland
Vermont Vernal Pool MappingVolunteers help to “field-verify” potential pools, most of which we have identified by viewing aerial photos of Vermont.Spring/SummerNoBeginner to ExpertSteve Faccio
Vermont Breeding Bird SurveyHelp monitor bird populations along roadside routes as part of North America's longest running continental landbird monitoring program.June*WebExpertSteve Faccio
National Park Service Landbird MonitoringHelp monitor birds at 11 National Park Service sites across the Northeast.June*WebExpertSteve Faccio
Vermont Forest Bird MonitoringHelp track long-term changes in populations of interior forest songbirds as part of one of North America's longest-running studies of forest bird population trends.June*Web ExpertSteve Faccio
Mountain BirdWatchChoose from more than 100 montane hiking routes across New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine and survey during June for Bicknell's Thrush and nine other mountain songbird species.June*NoIntermediate to ExpertJohn Lloyd

*To participate in citizen science projects in June, please contact project leads well in advance.