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Mountain Bluebirds Photo: Glenn Dreger

Last year together we raised

Registration is open for the 2022 Great Canadian Birdathon. Sign up now and you can join thousands of birders and supporters in giving birds a boost! Last year’s Birdathon raised $206,923 for conservation efforts, thanks to individuals like you.

This year, we are returning to the traditional “spring birding bonanza”, with Birdathon season happening in May instead of all year long as in 2020 and 2021.

Birds Canada welcomes people of all racial identities, ethnicities, nations of origin, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, and ages to participate in the Great Canadian Birdathon.

Join the flock and register today!

The 2022 Birdathon shirt – Bank Swallows!

As a participant, you are entitled to receive a limited edition Great Canadian Birdathon t-shirt. The 2022 t-shirt features a Bank Swallow design by Alexandre Nicole, and is available in both men’s and women’s sizes.

Our 2022 Birdathon shirt honours a unique species that needs our help. In Canada, the Bank Swallow has declined by 98% over the past 40 years. It is now listed as “Threatened” under Canada’s Species at Risk Act. These small, insect-eating birds nest in colonies, digging burrows into near-vertical banks like the ones found in sand and gravel pits or along shorelines. Learn more about Bank Swallows.

Register now to participate and receive your Bank Swallow shirt!

The 2022 Birdathon t-shirt features a Bank Swallow design by Alexandre Nicole

Your participation helps birds in need

Your Birdathon proceeds will support important bird conservation and research projects across Canada and beyond through the James L. Baillie Memorial Fund. The Baillie Fund supports research, monitoring, education, and conservation projects.

Here are some initiatives your support made possible in 2021, through Baillie Fund grants:

  • Training Alderville First Nation Staff and Rice Lake Plains Partners in bird banding, increasing capacity to better monitor birds within the Rice Lake Plains, Ontario.
  • Increasing accessibility of valuable birding experiences at the Corduroy Brook Nature Centre in Newfoundland by supporting the purchase of a scope to be used by birding group members, education groups, and visitors.
  • Training volunteers to conduct nocturnal owl surveys in Eeyou Istchee-James Bay to fill knowledge gaps about abundance of these birds in the Nord-du Québec region.

Help birds by signing up for the Birdathon today.

Red-headed Woodpecker Photo: Shirley Rushforth-Guinn

You could win!

Participants have the chance to win some great prizes. The 2022 Grand Prize is an all-inclusive guided tour generously provided by Eagle-Eye Tours. Other prizes include binoculars, spotting scopes, and a year’s supply of bird food! All prizes are courtesy of our wonderful Great Canadian Birdathon sponsors: Armstrong Bird Food, Eagle-Eye Tours, Kowa, and Vortex Canada.

Whether or not you take home a prize, you can enjoy a day of birding with the knowledge that Canada’s birds will be the real winners. Let’s keep making a difference for Canada’s birds.

Register for the 2022 Birdathon or pledge your support today!

Help more bird lovers discover the Great Canadian Birdathon

We invite you to share your 2022 Great Canadian Birdathon plans and highlights using the hashtag #GreatCanadianBirdathon on social media. You can also email stories and photos to With your permission, Birds Canada will share your Birdathon story in our communications. Your stories will inspire others to take action for bird conservation by doing a Birdathon or making a Birdathon donation.

American Redstart Photo: Patrice Bouchard
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