Become a Volunteer
Connecticut Audubon Society welcomes volunteers, who donate their time to help us with our work in so many ways and places. Our current volunteers participate in:
If you are interested in becoming a Citizen Scientist, read about current projects and opportunities.
If you are interested in volunteering at our Centers or State Headquarters, read about the current opportunities listed below. We hope to hear from you.
Dave Engelman Volunteer Benchmark Award
We are humbled by the countless number of hours donated each year by our talented volunteers. At our Annual Meeting, we recognize those truly special volunteers, who have provided many years of extraordinary service with the Dave Engleman Volunteer Benchmark Award. Learn more about the award and the recipients.
What do our volunteers do? A variety of interesting and worthwhile projects at our offices and Centers throughout the state. If you would like to pursue a volunteer opportunity, please contact the appropriate staff member.
Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center
The Connecticut Audubon Society’s Volunteer Benchmark Award was established in 1993, and is given annually by our Board of Directors to one or more people whose volunteer activity has significantly enhanced our mission. Each year, at our Annual Meeting, recipients are presented with a plaque commemorating their dedication to conservation.
In 2007, the award was renamed the Dave Engelman Volunteer Benchmark Award. Dave Engelman was a member of the Board of Directors, who lost a courageous battle with cancer on March 9, 2007. He epitomized the characteristics of an extraordinary volunteer by helping Connecticut Audubon grow both in spirit and as an organization. He was a longtime member, donor, Board member, and for a time interim president managing day-to-day operations. He truly made a lasting impression on all of us at Connecticut Audubon.
|Recipients of the Dave Engelman Volunteer Benchmark Award|
|1993:||Paul van der Stricht|
|1996:||W. Bradley Morehouse|
|1997:||Ann G. Wasmer|
|2001:||Marilyn Duda (Connecticut Audubon Society staff)|
|2005:||George C. Cartwright|
|2006:||Mrs. Lucie Warren|
|Milan Bull (Connecticut Audubon Society staff)|
|2007:||Peter and Carleen Kunkel|
|Judy Harper (Connecticut Audubon Society staff)|
|2009:||Wendell & Alison Davis|
|Judith F. Richardson|
|2011||Ross and Barbara Strickland|
|2013||Philip W. Stein|
|James G. Denham|
Diana Atwood Johnson
Walter “Sandy” Sanstrom
|2017||Louise Crocco (Connecticut Audubon Society staff)|
|Read about the 2018 winners here.|
|2019||Charles N. Watson|