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Volunteer Opportunities



The Kingston Field Naturalists is a volunteer run organization. We do many projects that require volunteers with time and skills to contribute. Please contact the club if you would like to volunteer to help protect nature in our community. Below are listed some of the current volunteer opportunities:

KFN Executive Committees
The KFN Executive runs many of its functions and projects through various committees and special Ad hoc committees. There are often opportunities on these committees for volunteers to contribute to the work of the Club executive, making it more effective and increasing its capacity to do more. The committees include: Conservation, Blue Bill, Junior Naturalists, Bird Records, Education, Field Trips, Nature Reserves, Newsletter and Publicity/Website. For more information on these committees and for what the Executive does, see Club Executive Board Structure and Roles and read the Executive Responsibilities document. See the Blue Bill for contact information of the chair of the committee you may be interested in.

KFN Partners with Nature Canada on Purple Martin Project
Are you a Purple Martin Landlord or interested in volunteering to help with work on Amherst or Wolfe Island to track Purple Martins? If so, read more here here .

Investigation into habitat selection, population size and breeding productivity of Bobolink and Eastern Meadowlark in various habitat types on Amherst Island and Lemoine Point CA
Volunteers are required for the four point count surveys on Amherst Island and one point count survey at Lemoine Point. The survey period is May 1 to July 31 and all surveys are done biweekly. Volunteers should be available for one or two surveys a month for a total of 3 or 6 surveys during the survey period. Since all surveys need to be completed by 9:30 am. early starting times are required. Since the focus is on Bobolinks and Meadowlarks, you do not need to be an "expert" birder. Training is available. Please email or call 613-876-1804.
For a sense of the scope and application of this project and to see results of previous studies on Amherst Island see: Map of bird monitoring stations

Monitoring Short-eared Owls
This pilot project is a joint effort between the KFN, Bird Studies Canada, MNR, Migration Research Foundation and Lennox & Addington Stewardship Council. It will be conducted primarily on the population on Wolfe and Amherst Islands.

The Short-eared Owl is currently classified as a species of Special Concern in Ontario and Canada. To gain a greater understanding of population size and their habitat use and selection, standardized visual surveys are undertaken between November 1, 2009 and March 31, 2011. Each survey route consists of five to seven predetermined survey points. Each survey point visit consists of 5- or 10-minute surveys, depending on whether one or both sides of road require surveying. It should take less than 1.5 hours to complete a survey route. Volunteers can choose between morning and evening surveys. Morning surveys start one half-hour before sunrise and evening surveys start one hour before sunset. Volunteers able to commit to five or more surveys during the five-month period are preferred, but volunteers with less time available are also welcome. Maps of survey route, survey point descriptions and UTM co-ordinates and sunrise and sunset table are provided.
For a report on the work done up to 2011 click here

KFN contact: If you are interested in volunteering or for more information, please contact Kurt Hennige at or call (613)-876-1804.