Volunteer

Join our community of volunteers who help make a difference in the Lower Haw River State Natural Area!  We have a variety of opportunities and flexible time commitments.  Contact lowerhawevents@gmail.com and let us know your interests.
Current volunteer opportunities include:
Invasive Plant Species Workdays
Birdhouses and Wildlife Cams Monitoring
Trash Can Litter Reduction Team
Clean-Up Events 

Invasive Species Removal Workdays

Friends of Lower Haw is planning invasive plant species workdays led by State Parks biologists.  Our next morning workday will be in December or January in the Lower Haw River State Natural Area.  We plan to schedule additional workdays throughout the year.    Learn about invasive plant species and removal techniques.  All tools will be provided.  Bring work gloves, insect repellent, and water.  Wear long pants, long sleeve shirt, and sturdy closed-toe shoes.  Contact lowerhawevents@gmail.com with "Invasives" in the subject line to sign up for our Whack-Attack Team.


Birdhouses and Wildlife Cams Monitoring

Friends of Lower Haw need volunteers for our birdhouse and wildlife camera projects in the Lower Haw River State Natural Area.  The birdhouses and wildlife cams were funded by a generous donation from bePhilARThropy's 2018 Bynum Bridge Fest.


Friends of Lower Haw and New Hope Audubon partnered on a bird nest box project around the Lower Haw River State Natural Area by installing 14 nest boxes intended to accommodate a variety of bird species. These boxes are located in 4 general areas: Bynum Mill (5 bluebird boxes), Bynum Mill trail (2 prothonotary warbler boxes), SW Bynum (1 wood duck box, 1 bluebird box), and Bynum Dam area (1 brown-headed nuthatch box, 2 prothonotary warbler boxes, 1 wood duck box). An additional bluebird box and two bee houses have been added in a pollinator garden at the Bynum Dam area as part of an Eagle Scout project.  Volunteers monitor them for nesting activity between March and June in a given area roughly once a week, and then report the results.  We also need volunteers to clean the boxes after nesting season and prepare them for the next season.

 

We also installed 2 wildlife cameras to capture wildlife activity and need volunteer monitors for each wildlife cam.  The wildlife cameras are monitored year-round, downloading the images every month.


Please let us know if you are interested in signing up as either a birdhouse monitor, or a wildlife cam monitor, or both!  Contact lowerhawevents@gmail.com if you want to volunteer. 


Trash Can Litter Reduction Team

We initiated an ongoing project to help with the trash problem along the riverbank. We installed trash cans at popular access points at the Haw River, and volunteers empty the bins on a regular basis, since State Parks does not have the staffing resources to do it. Locations include US 15-501 near the Bynum Dam, next to the old Bynum Bridge, the Bynum Mill lower parking lot, and US 64 on the SE side. We augment annual clean-up efforts by tackling the trash problem on an ongoing basis. Litter is not only an eyesore that detracts from the beauty of this state natural area, it also harms wildlife, their habitats, and water quality.  This project has been successful in reducing the amount of litter from recreational use at popular access points!  Join us in helping to keep the Lower Haw River State Natural Area beautiful. Volunteers sign up on a monthly basis for locations and months of their choice.  Contact lowerhawevents@gmail.com if you want to volunteer to help tackle the trash problem. 


Clean-Up Events
Friends of Lower Haw coordinates volunteer clean-up teams during spring and fall. We will post dates of future clean-up events on this page.  If you are interested in volunteering for a clean-up event, please contact lowerhawevents@gmail.com 
with "Clean-Up" in the subject line.