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We’re gearing up for the 2020 shorebird migration season. Come join us!


Shorebird banding - Chris Bennett PhotoThe 2020 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 2020 field season.


  • Volunteers with some experience in one of the following: bird capture, handling and banding, avian surveys or data collection are preferred but we can provide training to inexperienced volunteers. Less experienced volunteers that can commit to an extended stay quickly gain the necessary experience to contribute to all aspects of the fieldwork. 
  • Volunteers must be able to withstand possible long days in the field with heat, cold and biting insects. 
  • Volunteers must 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!  
  • 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 8
  • Tuesday, May 12
  • Friday, May 15
  • Tuesday, May 19
  • Friday, May 22
  • Tuesday, May 26

Modules for training on cannon-netting, resighting, and species identification can be found on our training page.

To apply, please fill out and return the Volunteer Information Form. If you are a new applicant, please also send a letter of interest briefly describing your experience and what you hope to gain by volunteering with the Delaware Shorebird Project. All application materials should be sent to

Questions? Email or Henrietta Bellman

volunteersIn 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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