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We’re gearing up for the 2017 shorebird migration season. Come join us!


Shorebird banding - Chris Bennett PhotoThe 2017 Delaware Shorebird Project will begin May 5 and will continue through June 5. The Delaware Shorebird Project is seeking experienced and dedicated volunteers for the 2017 field season.


  • You should have some experience in one of the following: bird capture, handling and banding, avian surveys or data collection. 
  • Volunteers must be able to withstand possible long days in the field with heat, cold and biting insects. 
  • You should be prepared to contribute at least three days of service to shorebird research and monitoring activities during the field season. We work 7 days a week and there is always something for volunteers to do!  Knowing when people are available on specific days makes planning catching and resighting work much easier.
  • We ask that you schedule your arrival before 9 a.m. on one of the days when a brief training and orientation will be provided. If you cannot arrive for a scheduled training, please let the volunteer coordinator know and they will be able to tell you if an alternative dates works.
Training Dates:
      Friday, May 12
      Tuesday, May 16
      Friday, May 19
      Tuesday, May 23
      Friday, May 26
  • Modules for training to cannon-netting, resighting, and species identification can be found elsewhere within the site.

Please fill out and return the Volunteer Information Form along with a brief letter of interest describing your experience to Questions? Contact Audrey DeRose-Wilson, Shorebird Project Lead by email or call 302-735-8667.

Kevin Kalasz photoIn the Field:
When you spend a day volunteering in the field, food will be provided. We have secured a house in Slaughter Beach as a base of operations and will be there starting May 5. Space is limited, so if you would like to stay overnight, please let the project coordinator know via the Volunteer Information Form so we can accommodate you. 

Field activities vary by day. One day you may assist with banding, the next do surveys for marked birds, and the next help with equipment and supply preparation. In any case, you will be working with a wonderful team of scientists and volunteers from across the U.S. and around the globe. It is always an enjoyable experience.

Thanks for your interest in the Shorebird Project and your willingness to volunteer! You can follow us on Facebook at for updates.

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