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Volunteer Opportunities

The RCRCD offers a variety of opportunities for volunteers who want to help!  To find out more about current volunteer opportunities, please contact  Erin Snyder at snyder@rcrcd.org.

All volunteers must sign a volunteer waiver form in order to participate in volunteer activities. Our current volunteer waiver in Word Doc or PDF form, can be downloaded below:

RCRCD - Generic Waiver for Volunteers.DOCXRCRCD - Generic Waiver for Volunteers.pdf

Current Volunteer Projects

Help Bring Back the Bluebird Population

Did you know that bluebirds nest in tree cavities? Unfortunately, many urban areas have few trees. We can provide cavities for bluebirds and other native birds by hanging nest boxes on trees in special urban locations, such as above irrigated lawns in parks, golf courses, and even cemeteries.

Each spring, the Riverside-Corona Resource Conservation District seeks volunteers to hang and monitor nest boxes. Volunteers hang and check boxes weekly from February through June. Each team or individual usually monitors between three to five boxes, which takes about one hour per week. The RCRCD matches volunteers to their closest nest box location to limit travel time.

Many Western Bluebirds fledge each year thanks to our local volunteers. Some other native birds also use a few of the nest boxes, including the Ash-throated flycatcher, who's numbers are in decline. The results of our monitoring studies are sent to a national data bank at Cornell University. If you are interested in volunteering or just learning more about bluebirds, please contact Erin Snyder, at snyder@rcrcd.org .

Additional sources of information about bluebirds:
The North American Bluebird Society(NABS) promotes the recovery of bluebirds and other native cavity-nesting birds.
California Bluebird Recovery Program is a great source of local information.

The Bluebird Book, the Complete Guide to Attracting Bluebirds, by Donald and Lillian Stokes.

To contribute personal bluebird observations to a national data base, check out NestWatch at Cornell University School of Ornithology. 

 

LandUse Learning Center

Volunteers are welcome at the LandUse Learning Center most days between 8 am and 4 pm, please make arrangements with staff ahead of time.

Anyone interested in caring for the garden space please contact Ernesto Alvarado at Alvarado@rcrcd.org.

If you are interested in volunteering as a docent to assist with events, tours and field trips please contact Erin Snyder at Snyder@rcrcd.org

 

RCRCD Monarch Habitat

In Spring of 2020, the RCRCD received a grant from the Wildlife Conservation Board and the California Association of Resource Conservation Districts, to establish 2 acres of Monarch breeding and foraging habitat. In addition, funds were allocated towards community education on the plight and conservation efforts related to Western Monarchs. 

Monarch butterfly on milkweed plant
Adult Monarch Butterfly on milkweed plant

Once millions of Monarch Butterflies would overwinter on the Pacific West Coast but their population has been on a drastic decline since the 1980's. In the winters of 2018 and 2019, just 30,000 monarchs were counted at overwintering sites. This drastic decline is due many factors including loss of habitat, pesticide use and climate change. With the population at just 1% of it's historic size, is is now critical to take the appropriate actions to support Monarch populations.

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Monarch catterpillar on Narrow Leaf Milkweed, Asclepias fascicularis.

We have a long uphill battle to save the Monarch, but through community education and outreach, partnerships and conservation efforts, the RCRCD will continue to strengthen our endeavors. Despite the hurdles we faced with the Covid-19 pandemic, we have begun planting native milkweed and nectar plants at our 2 acre site in Riverside. This will be an on-going effort. It is our hope that not only will this provide critical foraging and breeding habitat to Monarch butterflies, but that it will be an educational resource for the entire community.

If you are interested in volunteering your time towards the planting, maintenance  or participatory science, at our monarch habitat site, please contact Project Coordinator, Michele Felix-Derbarmdiker at Felix-Derbarmdiker@rcrcd.org. We will have a planting events in October/ November 2021. 

To learn more about waht you can do to support the Western Monarch, visit the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and download a copy of our handout: Steps to Succees with Milkweed and Monarchs. 

Upcoming Volunteer Event:

Monarch Habitat Volunteer Event 10_23_21.pdf
Volunteer Flyer