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By Steven Price, President, Birds Canada

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Western Tanager (summer breeder throughout BC, north to southwestern NWT, and east through central AB and SK). Photo: Jody Allair

As COVID-19 cases trend downward in most of Canada, restrictions on travel and outdoor activities are loosening.  While we all must continue to be vigilant, there is a window of time to re-open many volunteer Citizen Science surveys and other staff-led field work.  The following is a list of activities opening under special safety protocols.  We are so pleased to be back in the field helping to track and conserve Canada’s birds!

If there is a survey in the list below that you have participated in, please be in contact with your project lead at Birds Canada to be informed of where, when and how your survey can begin.  Please note that most projects still have some geographic restrictions in place for safety reasons, so not all volunteers can be accommodated in all areas yet.  Also, for now our office, research and outreach buildings must still remain closed to the public.

Enjoy yourself, reconnect with birds and nature, but always keep safety top-of-mind!  Thank-you!


British Columbia

  • Coastal Waterbird Survey
  • B.C. Nocturnal Owl Survey
  • Beached Bird Survey


Prairie Provinces

  • Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas, covering all nesting birds
  • Rancher Outreach on incentives for bird-friendly grazing and carbon sequestration, benefitting species at risk like Chestnut-collared Longspur, Sprague’s Pipit, Baird’s Sparrow and Burrowing Owl



  • Shoreline stewardship and protection for Piping Plover nestings
  • Nesting surveys Bank Swallow and Cliff Swallow
  • Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program for various wetland birds and amphibians
  • Bird-banding and bird-monitoring Long Point
  • Conserving Forest Birds At Risk, including Cerulean Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Prothonotary Warbler, and Acadian Flycatcher



  • See the national surveys noted below


Atlantic Canada

  • Monitoring of Bicknell’s Thrush
  • Beach stewardship and protection for Piping Plover nestings



  • Canadian Lakes Loon Survey
  • Canadian Nightjar Survey for nighthawks and whip-poor-wills
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Black Oystercatcher (year-round resident and breeder along coastal British Columbia). Photo: Yousif Attia
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