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What does it mean to be a citizen scientist? A citizen scientist is a committed community member who has a desire to participate in scientific research and expand scientific knowledge. We are looking for dedicated volunteers to assist with our monitoring programs, and provide valuable data about the habitats and wildlife in our area. Volunteers not only make a local impact, but contribute to science on a wider scale.  


Take a peek into the hidden world of cavity nesting birds. You’ll learn how to identify various species that use nest boxes, nest box etiquette, and how to collect data all while enjoying the thrill of young birds growing up. Volunteers will be required to visit their assigned location once a week to record observations between the months of March - August. Please note the average walking distance to visit all of the boxes at a location is approximately a mile.

For more information contact:

Kelsey Dehring
Parks Naturalist
[email protected]
734-971-6337 x 330

The locations we need volunteers for are:



Do you have a love of amphibians and invertebrates and enjoy quiet time in the woods? Do you want to help guide conservation efforts in your community through volunteering? Consider joining Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation vernal pool monitoring program. We will be providing information sessions to help you better understand the program as well as a training to understand monitoring protocols.

For further information contact:

Elle Bogle
Parks Naturalist
[email protected]

Vernal Pools Information Presentations
Come unravel the mystery of unique and important wetlands called vernal pools.  Learn how to properly identify, interact with, and protect these delicate and magical habitats that are both home and essential breeding ground to many animals including blue spotted salamanders, wood frogs, and fairy shrimp. 

  • Thursday, March 26th – 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
    Northfield Township Library, 125 Barker Rd, Whitmore Lake, MI 48189
  • Thursday, April 9th – 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Ypsilanti Downtown Library, 229 W Michigan Ave, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
  • Wednesday, April 22nd – 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
    Dexter Library, 3255 Alpine, Dexter, MI 48130

Training For Volunteer Vernal Pool Monitors
Thursday, April 30th – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Miller- Smith Preserve
Learn the specific protocols and hands on procedures for proper vernal pool monitoring. Equipment use, data collection, and proper pool interaction will be taught. Frog calling will also be observed. Waterproof boots are required.

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