The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Delaware Shorebird Project is seeking volunteers for the May 2019 field season. The Shorebird Project monitors migratory shorebirds including Ruddy Turnstone, Sanderling, Semipalmated Sandpiper, and the federally threatened Red Knot, that stopover in the Delaware Bay each spring to feed on horseshoe crab eggs before departing for the Artic. Volunteer duties include participating in banding/trapping efforts, resighting marked birds, assisting with data entry, data QA/QC, helping maintain field equipment, and keeping the field house clean and organized. Training will be provided. This is a great opportunity for current students or recent graduates to gain field experience.
Must have enthusiasm for natural resource conservation, a willingness to learn, and the ability to work well in a group. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and be able to withstand heat, cold, and biting insects. Almost all of our banding and resighting work requires walking 1+ mile(s) over sandy beaches. For an in depth learning experience and a rewarding contribution to the project, volunteers are expected to volunteer for a minimum of 3 consecutive days. Field season begins May 10th and ends June 4th.
The Delaware Shorebird Project operates out of a field house in Slaughter Beach, DE during the busy field season. Limited floor space and tent camping space is available for volunteers who would like to stay overnight. Meals are provided for volunteers staying at the field house.
For more information and to apply, go to http://www.fw.delaware.gov/Shorebirds. Questions and completed applications can be sent to Audrey DeRose-Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org.