Become a Steward!

It’s easy to become a bird steward! If you’d like to get involved, look for the contact us information on the right-hand column or read more below.

Time Requirements: Volunteer as frequently or as rarely as you like. Ideally, you can commit to at least one shift per month, but if not, we are happy for whatever time you can give.

Location: All 2011 stewarding in Collier County is taking place on Marco Island. Contact us for information about Lee County sites if you live “up north.”

Training: Sessions are offered periodically as demand dictates. These last about 90 minutes and take place at Tigertail Park. You will also receive assistance from an experienced steward as you get started. No one will be sent off alone at first!

Previous Experience Needed: None.

Age: Kids 16 and older are welcome to steward on their own once they are trained. Kids under 16 are welcome with a parent or guardian who also received the training and will be at the site with the child at all times.

Materials Provided: You’ll get a packet with information about the job, the birds, and the site; a vest; and a nametag.

Membership: We encourage you to join one of our partner organizations, if you aren’t already involved, but do not require it at this time.

Volunteer Hours: If you need volunteer hours for school or other obligations, you can earn them through one of the partner organizations such as Collier Audubon or Rookery Bay. You’ll just need to make sure the partner organization is approved by your institution and provide the paperwork.

2 Responses to Become a Steward!

  1. Sheri Budd says:

    yes i would like to become a shore steward 🙂

    • Hi Sheri,
      We’ve been inactive during the non-nesting season, but Brad of Collier Audubon and Nancy of the City of Marco are getting things started for this year! Please give Brad a call or e-mail at (239) 643-7822 or audubon@collieraudubon.org. There will be training provided, some readings about the birds, and some handouts to show visitors to the beach. I’m just the webmaster now, since I’m working in North Carolina, but I’m happy to answer any questions that I can.
      I hope you can join,
      Lindsay

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