Bird surveys that use volunteers

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 program Bird group Volunteer skill level Season covered Geographic coverage in Canada
Bird Checklist Programs (Étude des Populations d'Oiseaux du Québec, Northwest Territories / Nunavut Bird Checklist Survey, eBird) Landbirds All Year-round Canada
Breeding Bird Atlases Landbirds All Breeding Various provinces / territories
Canadian Migration Monitoring Network (CMMN) Landbirds All Spring and fall migration YT, BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, NS
Christmas Bird Count (CBC) Landbirds All Wintering Canada
Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) Landbirds All Wintering Canada
Hawk Watch Landbirds All Spring and fall migration BC, AB, MB, ON, QC, NB
Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) Landbirds All Breeding YT, BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, PE, NL
Mountain Birdwatch / High Elevation Landbird Program (HELP) Landbirds Advanced Breeding QC, NB, NS
Nest Record Schemes / Project NestWatch Landbirds All Breeding Canada
Nocturnal Owl Survey Landbirds Intermediate and advanced Breeding YT, NT, BC, AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, NS, PE
North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) Landbirds Advanced Breeding Canada
Ontario Forest Bird Monitoring Program Landbirds Advanced Breeding ON
Project FeederWatch Landbirds All Wintering Canada
Species at Risk Survey (SOS-POP) Landbirds Intermediate and advanced Year-round QC
National Harvest Survey (NHS) Waterfowl Hunters with a valid Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit Spring and fall migration, wintering Canada
North American Trumpeter Swan Survey Waterfowl All Breeding YT, NT, BC, AB, ON
Yukon Spring Migration Survey Waterfowl Intermediate and advanced Spring migration YT
American Woodcock Singing Ground Survey Shorebirds All Breeding MB, ON, QC, NB, NS, PE
Arctic Program for Regional and International Shorebird Monitoring (Arctic PRISM) Shorebirds Intermediate and advanced Breeding YT, NT, NU, QC
International Piping Plover Census Shorebirds Intermediate and advanced Breeding AB, SK, MB, ON, QC, NB, PE, NS, NL
Migration Program for Regional and International Shorebird Monitoring (Migration PRISM) Shorebirds Intermediate and advanced Spring and fall migration BC, SK, ON, NB, NS, PE, NL
Surveys for Wintering Shorebirds in Latin America and the Caribbean Shorebirds Intermediate and advanced Wintering None
Long-term Nesting Studies of Seaducks Waterfowl Intermediate and advanced Breeding NU, SK
British Columbia Coastal Waterbird Survey Inland waterbirds Intermediate and advanced Wintering, some year-round BC
Canadian Lakes Loon Survey Inland waterbirds All Breeding Canada
Marsh Monitoring Program Inland waterbirds Intermediate and advanced Breeding AB, SK, MB, ON, QC
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