Get involved in the Canadian Lakes Loon Survey, Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program, or the Ontario American Woodcock Singing-Ground Survey.
I may be biased, but I think American Woodcocks are unique in their “cuteness,” with large eyes, a stocky little body, and a large bill that makes them look a little top-heavy. Their chicks remind me of fuzzy checkerboards on stilts.
Early each spring, Citizen Scientists across eastern North America dedicate one evening to counting American Woodcocks around sunset. These volunteers are part of the American Singing Ground Survey, delivered in Ontario by Bird Studies Canada in partnership with Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.