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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?

Our very own Peary Stafford birding away and giving all an expertise level to strive for. Later this year SRA will conduct its first Christmas Bird Count     Photo credit: BK Stafford

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.  Nation-wide programs like the Christmas Bird Count, Midwinter Eagle Survey, FrogWatch USA, and NestWatch are incredible opportunities to become engaged and do something meaningful in your community this year!  FrogWatch and NestWatch are already underway, but please frequent the “Events” tab to view and register for upcoming projects with us.

Bat monitoring, macroinvertebrate sampling, and owl prowling are just a few of our offerings before a bustling winter of science, which will include our first new england cottontail pellet survey!

FrogWatchers recording weather data before listening for breeding anurans     Photo credit: Tim Cole


Scanning for eagles from the Reich Bridge in Hidden Valley Preserve as part of the nationwide Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey     Photo credit: Denise Arturi













Many of our educational programs have a science component such as our recent stream salamander workshop     Photo credit: Nicole Frappier

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