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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 Phenology Trail
  • Climate Trackers – (year-round) assist with daily weather monitoring and Mohonk Lake sampling
  • Bird Programs
    • Peregrine Watch – (February-July) Monitor nesting activity of a New York State Endangered Species, the Peregrine Falcon
    • Hawk Watch – (August-November) Count and identify raptors during the fall hawk migration
    • Bluebird Trail – (April-August) Monitor and record bluebird nest occupancy and productivity over time in relation to habitat quality
  •  StreamWatch – (year-round) Monitor stream water quality and habitat characteristics

For more information about the Citizen Science Program please contact:

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

Banner photo by Tom Weiner