Volunteer surveys

Many surveys rely on participation from volunteers, or citizen scientists. This list provides an overview of a selection of surveys that encourage and depend on citizen scientists of all ages and skill levels.

List of volunteer monitoring programs
Monitoring programBird groupVolunteer skill levelSeason coveredGeographic coverage in Canada
Bird Checklist Programs (Étude des Populations d'Oiseaux du Québec, Northwest Territories / Nunavut Bird Checklist Survey, eBird)LandbirdsAllYear-roundCanada
Breeding Bird AtlasesLandbirdsAllBreedingVarious provinces / territories
Canadian Migration Monitoring Network (CMMN)LandbirdsAllSpring and fall migrationYT, BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, NS
Christmas Bird Count (CBC)LandbirdsAllWinteringCanada
Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)LandbirdsAllWinteringCanada
Hawk WatchLandbirdsAllSpring and fall migrationBC, AB, MB, ON, QC, NB
Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS)LandbirdsAllBreedingYT, BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, PE, NL
Mountain Birdwatch / High Elevation Landbird Program (HELP)LandbirdsAdvancedBreedingQC, NB, NS
Nest Record Schemes / Project NestWatchLandbirdsAllBreedingCanada
Nocturnal Owl SurveyLandbirdsIntermediate and advancedBreedingYT, NT, BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, NS, PE
North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS)LandbirdsAdvancedBreedingCanada
Ontario Forest Bird Monitoring ProgramLandbirdsAdvancedBreedingON
Project FeederWatchLandbirdsAllWinteringCanada
Species at Risk Survey (SOS-POP)LandbirdsIntermediate and advancedYear-roundQC
National Harvest Survey (NHS)WaterfowlHunters with a valid Migratory Game Bird Hunting PermitSpring and fall migration, winteringCanada
North American Trumpeter Swan SurveyWaterfowlAllBreedingYT, NT, BC, AB, ON
Yukon Spring Migration SurveyWaterfowlIntermediate and advancedSpring migrationYT
American Woodcock Singing Ground SurveyShorebirdsAllBreedingMB, ON, QC, NB, NS, PE
Arctic Program for Regional and International Shorebird Monitoring (Arctic PRISM)ShorebirdsIntermediate and advancedBreedingYT, NT, NU, QC
International Piping Plover CensusShorebirdsIntermediate and advancedBreedingAB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, PE, NS, NL
Migration Program for Regional and International Shorebird Monitoring (Migration PRISM)ShorebirdsIntermediate and advancedSpring and fall migrationBC, SK, ON, NB, NS, PE, NL
Surveys for Wintering Shorebirds in Latin America and the CaribbeanShorebirdsIntermediate and advancedWinteringNone
Long-term Nesting Studies of SeaducksWaterfowlIntermediate and advancedBreedingNU, SK
British Columbia Coastal Waterbird SurveyInland waterbirdsIntermediate and advancedWintering, some year-roundBC
Canadian Lakes Loon SurveyInland waterbirdsAllBreedingCanada
Marsh Monitoring ProgramInland waterbirdsIntermediate and advancedBreedingAB, SK, MB, ON, QC
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