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Atlantic Nocturnal Owl Survey

Northern Saw-whet Owl Photo: Brock & Sherri Fenton

The Atlantic Nocturnal Owl Survey is a program where Citizen Scientists in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland conduct roadside surveys for owls on pre-assigned routes each spring. It is a great opportunity for local residents to help track the health of owl populations that breed in our Atlantic forests.


Each participant is assigned a roadside route and is asked to survey it annually on a single, fair weather evening between April 1 and May 15. Each route consists of 10 stops that are 1.6km or 2km apart and participants use owl call broadcasts to elicit responses from targeted owl species at each stop.  Birds Canada provides a province-specific training booklet, broadcast CD (or Mp3 audio file), and data form to each participant, along with an annual newsletter.

To check availability of survey routes in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island, please contact Amy-Lee Kouwenberg.  For availability of survey routes in Newfoundland and Labrador, please contact Catherine Dale.

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