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Find out how to help our whales!



Whale conservation volunteering is an important part of environmental conservation, as well as a gratifying way to give something back and help protect the environment for future generations. Volunteer work achieves real objectives and you can play an important role in scientific and conservation activities.

Volunteering is also a great way to learn more about a subject that may be of interest to you. Working with experts in the field provides rare opportunities to gain insights from professionals. It’s also a great way to make new friends and have fun.

What it involves

Whale conservation volunteering may involve data collection, research, maintenance, management or implementation of a variety of projects.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service conducts a whale watching program each year at Cape Solander in Kamay Botany Bay National Park, with volunteers keeping a vigil from dawn to dusk recording whale numbers migrating up the coast. Humpback, minke, southern right and pygmy killer whales have all been recorded, as well as an extremely rare blue whale. On the busiest days, more than 40 humpback whales can be seen. The volunteers also record large numbers of dolphins passing the Cape.

Want to get involved? Contact Kamay Botany Bay National Park on 02 9668 2000 for more information about the Cape Solander project. Or find out about other national park volunteer opportunities.

11th Annual Port Stephen's Community Dolphin Census

Help keep watch over the much loved Port Stephen’s bottlenose dolphins, by joining the 11th Annual Port Stephen’s Community Dolphin Census!

As a volunteer ‘dolphin researcher’ for the morning, your job will be to count & record the number of dolphins you spot during a 30 minute interval, from a vantage point around the Port - that you’ll be allocated when you register. Boat-based sites are available for boat owners.

The Port Stephens Dolphin Census is held each autumn and people interested in being involved are encouraged to contact the NPWS Hunter Region office. Telephone 02 4984 8200.

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