Volunteer citizen scientists work alongside professional scientists to protect and restore habitat on the Texas coast.
Photo: Seth Patterson
Audubon Texas’ Coastal Conservation program has been protecting and conserving bird populations since 1923. In 2014, we created TERN to address the growing need for bird monitoring, outreach, and hands-on restoration work along the Texas Coast. TERN provides volunteers with the tools and skills they need to become on-the-ground citizen scientists, working to increase and protect bird populations – for free. Volunteers will learn to identify colonial waterbirds in their native habitat and participate in a variety of conservation and data collection projects. No previous experience is necessary, and all materials, such as binoculars and bird guides and survey data forms, are provided.