CHNEP Volunteer Events


December: Audubon Christmas Bird Count

Join the Coastal & Heartland National Estuary Partnership for a fun citizen science opportunity! 

For over a century, volunteers have conducted a day-long census of birds in their community that helps researchers monitor population trends. Citizen Scientists play an important role in this research by 'crowd-sourcing' data collection.


This year, we will be counting the birds at Ponce de Leon Park with the Peace River Audubon Society! With more boots on the ground and eyes toward the skies, we can gain a greater understanding of rapidly changing environmental conditions. No birding experience necessary!

WHAT: Audubon Christmas Bird Count
WHEN: December 18th at 9:00 am
WHERE: Ponce de Leon Park, Punta Gorda 

Sign up HERE!


Plastic waste from single use containers is a huge issue facing our environment... 90% of the trash floating in our oceans is made from plastic. These last few months we have found ourselves using it more than ever. In the water, plastic waste breaks apart into small toxic pieces called microplastics. CLICK HERE to learn more about how CHNEP helps monitor microplastics in our area. 


The good news is, we all can be a part of the solution! You can do your own litter cleanup while taking a walk around your neighborhood or local park. Trash on the ground during our summer rainy season will likely be washed into our waterways in the next storm. You can also contribute to the global citizen science effort tracking litter and marine debris.

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