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  • "Volunteer-Vacation" with Us May 2022

  • Sail with our Crew as a “Conservation Pirate.” It's "For the Birds!"


Conservian and our Coastal Bird Conservation program is offering week-long opportunities for adventurous "volunteer vacationers" to sail as part of our 10 member crews of “Conservation Pirates” on the tropical blue waters of the Bahamas archipelago.


Board the 75+ foot research schooner in the Bahamas and help us to protect beach-nesting birds and their habitat. Activities are based on our pioneering work along the U.S. Gulf Coast in partnership with organizations including National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). 


All trips include your shipboard bunk, on-board meals, water, airport transfers and ground transportation associated with project, as well as opportunities to train, work, and vacation with Conservian experts and local volunteers.  Please see our itinerary page for more information.


Choose from among our three, different, one-week voyages and sail with us as a Conservation Pirate. It’s “for the birds”!


Science Activity Summary


Conservian and partners are conducting the first in-the-field shorebird conservation and habitat restoration program in the Bahamas. Crews on voyages will participate in Conservian’s ongoing shorebird work to survey, collect data, post protective signage and implement restorative measures.  Select trips will include training demos and work with Conservian's experts to control invasive Australian pine.


Each we will work in a different Bahamas location.  Join us for one week or more!


Sample Schedule of Conservian Live-Aboard

Expedition (Yearly schedules vary).


  • Trip 1: Joulter Cays National Park & S. Andros: (May 1-8) pick up/drop off at Nassau Intl Airport.


  • Trip 2: Exumas  & Great Exuma: (May 8-15) pick up/Nassau Intl Airport/drop off Exuma Intl Airport


  • Trip 3: Cat Is & Eleuthera: (May 15-22) pick up/ Exuma Intl. Airport/drop off Nassau Intl. Airport

  • If a U.S./Bahamas travel ban occurs before departure for any reason that affects our expedition, your trip fare will be fully refunded.



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Visit LightHawk to read LightHawk's article about their generous involvement in our Bahamas conservation expedition project.


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                  Conservian | Coastal Bird Conservation

                     P. O. Box 430299

                     Big Pine Key, FL 33043




  • Visit white-sand beaches and sail blue Bahamas             waters
  • Live for a week aboard the 75+ foot research schooner.
  • Participate in important shorebird research and conservation work
  • Follow our experts to find beach-nesting birds, eggs, and young
  • Collect valuable new data, and protect nesting areas with posting & signing
  • Explore uninhabited islands
  • Learn from our invasive plant species expert how to     control Australian pine (select trips) 
  • ​​Work in teams with shorebird conservation experts and local volunteers
  • Assist with bird capture & banding, conditions permitting (select trips)
  • ​​Learn and practice sailing skills
  • Enjoy abundant "photo ops"
  • Hike, swim, or snorkel in crystal-clear waters
  • Participate in ship and shore duties with free time for leisure activities
  • Expedition participation requires the ability to walk several miles on beaches in warm weather, enjoyment of teamwork, and ability to live aboard ship for a week. We have had participants from 20 to 75 yrs old!
  • Volunteers' per-week fees cover shipboard bunk, meals, water, airport transfers, local project transportation as required.  Airfare and travel/medical insurance (recommended) are not included. 
  • Volunteers contributed time and fees count for grant fund matching to make this important conservation work a reality. 
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