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Raptor Breeding Monitor - training in January

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Montgomery Parks, M-NCPPC

  • 6 people are interested
Great Horned Owl at one of our Nature Centers

Training for Volunteer Monitors will be held in January 2022; Monitor shifts are done independently and take place February through June. Once a month, there will be an optional bird walk with a Naturalist.

Description: Maryland, and Montgomery County Parks in particular, are lucky enough to have a wide variety of raptors (aka Birds of Prey) located in our natural areas. We are seeking volunteers to help us track the raptors who are breeding in Rock Creek Regional Park, in Northeast Rockville/Derwood.

This program helps the Meadowside Nature Center Naturalist staff and the Park's Natural Resources Division learn more about how many raptors are in the area, and how these birds of prey use our parks for breeding and nesting.

Volunteer Commitment: Volunteer Monitors must commit to walking on a designated trail to report observations of raptors at a minimum of twice a month throughout the breeding season (February through June). Depending on the trail a volunteer choses to monitor, it can take about 30 minutes to an hour to accomplish these tasks. Virtual training will be provided in January and consists of two 1-hour online workshops. Optional monthly walks with the Volunteer Supervisor (a Naturalist) provide additional opportunities for training on bird identification and to get to know your fellow volunteers.

Benefits: This is a great volunteer position for those who love being outside, learning new skills, and watching animals, like birds! This is also great experience for anyone interested in pursuing careers in wildlife management, biology, or environmental sciences.

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About Montgomery Parks, M-NCPPC


Parkside Headquarters, 9500 Brunett Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20901, US

Mission Statement

Protect and interpret our valuable natural and cultural resources; balance the demand for recreation with the need for conservation; offer a variety of enjoyable recreational activities that encourage healthy lifestyles; and provide clean, safe, and accessible places for leisure-time activities.


Our agency is located just north of Washington D.C., and was originally created to protect the stream valleys around the D.C. area. We have grown into a 34,000 acre park system with over 400 local, urban and regional parks; recreation centers; ballfields; playgrounds; nature centers, a botanic garden and over 200 miles of trails.



We'll work with your schedule.


Meadowside Nature Center5100 Meadowside LaneRockville, MD 20855



  • Environmental Education
  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Outdoor Recreation


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • Asking volunteers to go out and seek and observe breeding raptors at least twice a month for about an hour
  • Must be vaccinated and sign waiver

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