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Citizen Scientist Opportunities in Florida

Christmas Bird Counts


About 75 Christmas Bird Counts that are part of the venerable National Audubon Society program are run in Florida from Pensacola to Key West. Find the count nearest to you, contact the compiler, and have a great day counting birds!

Florida Shorebird Alliance

The purpose of the FSA is to provide an online resource for information and materials on Florida's shorebirds and seabirds, and improve the level of coordination and information sharing between the various groups involved in shorebird and seabird conservation across Florida.


Audubon Florida coordinates the Jay Watch citizen science program statewide. They train and support volunteers to conduct scientific surveys that measure annual nesting success and count the total number of Florida Scrub-Jays at more than 50 sites in 19 counties.


Audubon EagleWatch is Audubon's citizen science program to monitor and protect Florida's eagles. With over 1,400 nesting pairs in our state, this team of volunteers spans 27 counties monitoring more than 350 nests.

Coastal Bird Stewardship

Many species of beach-dependent birds are still on the decline. In order to reverse the declines and stabilize these bird populations, it is necessary to collect and analyze data through surveys and monitoring, to educate the public through interaction and outreach, and to protect nesting colonies and provide sanctuaries where birds can nest, rest and feed with minimal disturbance.

Ted Below

The Florida Ornithological Society has a long history of mutually beneficial collaborations between professional and amateur ornithologists outside of large-scale organized programs. (The word amateur is used here as "one who loves or is fond of.") In the 1970's Ted Below assisted Ralph Schreiber with a long-term study of Brown Pelicans in southwest Florida (e.g., Below and Schreiber 1978). Bill Robertson drew a small army of volunteers to help band terns in the Dry Tortugas (Robertson 1964). Glen Woolfenden and Reed Bowman have enlisted volunteers to assist them with their classic long-term study of the Florida Scrub Jay. The point is: if you want to wade a little deeper into scientific study of birds, the Florida Ornithological Society can help you find opportunities.