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Photo: Bryan Stokes


Field work for our project will be limited for this year due to the impact of COVID-19.  If you're interested in working with us during the 2021 season, please contact us this fall or in early 2021 when we'll start making plans for volunteer training and orientation sessions.

What Do Volunteers Do?

Volunteers help carry and set up mist nets on the marsh to capture birds safely. As shown above, running through the saltmarsh to coax birds into the nets takes teamwork and some grit. Volunteers in the field need to move quickly, but carefully, on uneven terrain.  (For people with limited mobility, you can help with data entry at the banding station and later via computer into the BANDIT database.)


Once in the net, birds are quickly and safely extracted by staff members Evan Lipton and Katie Christ.

Other opportunities for volunteer work include photographing the movements of banded birds throughout the marsh and plotting their locations on a grid map.  

Picture yourself being part of this team! 
To join us for the 2021 summer project, email saltmarshsparrowri@gmail.com this fall or early 2021.


photos: Bryan Stokes

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SALSri volunteers (left-to-right) Evan Lipton, Andy Eckerson, Matthew Eckerson (holding an Eastern Phoebe), Joel Eckerson, and Jonathan Eckerson at the Block Island Banding Station, April 28, 2019.        Photo: Kim Gaffett