Interested in the natural world and its inhabitants? Want to contribute to meaningful science or hone your naturalist skills? Simply looking for a different excuse to get outside?
If your answer is “YES” to any or all of the above, please consider volunteering for one of Steep Rock Association’s citizen science projects. The data you collect improves our knowledge as well as yours of biodiversity in the area. If the joy of actively conducting research and becoming intimate with the local environment isn’t enough, take pleasure in your findings being analyzed by professional scientists working to address large scale, crucial issues. Nationwide programs like the Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey, FrogWatch USA, NestWatch, and the Christmas Bird Count are incredible opportunities to become engaged and do something meaningful in your community this year! SRA initiated an annual macroinvertebrate sampling effort in fall 2017 and a bustling winter of science included our first cottontail pellet survey. Before long, in spring/summer 2018, we will be looking for volunteers to conduct our first marsh bird survey. Please frequent the “Programs and Events” tab to view and register for upcoming projects with us.
Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey
Spend a winter morning counting bald eagles along the Shepaug River.
New England Cottontail Pellet Sampling
Stoop through young forest in search of rabbit pellets.
Marsh Bird Survey
Broadcast calls to illicit a response from secretive wetland birds.
Listen for breeding frogs and toads after sunset on our preserves.
Monitor nest boxes and record data on the breeding birds that use them.
Net and identify bugs from a river riffle.
Christmas Bird Count
Embark on a birding excursion to census species.