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Thank you for your interest in volunteering for our programs! Volunteers like you are essential to bird monitoring and conservation efforts.

Please note that for your health and safety, all volunteers are expected to follow appropriate COVID-19 protocols as outlined by their province or territory, and local public health guidelines in their area.

To explore more volunteer opportunities across Canada, check out our March listing and keep an eye on the Birds Canada blog for future announcements.

 

Saskatchewan Breeding Bird Atlas

Volunteer opportunity

Volunteer birders are needed to collect breeding bird observations across Saskatchewan in 2021! As this project draws nearer to the end of its data collection phase, most priority squares are short of the minimum 12 hours of general atlassing effort, so any complete checklist will help us to reach our goals. Peak atlassing season begins May 28 and wraps up in early August.

volunteers looking through binoculars on a two-track road in a forest
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Photo: Moriah Tanguay

Is it for me?

Volunteers who are comfortable identifying most birds they encounter and can drive outside of the city to collect complete checklists can make a big impact. But even incidental observations of common species like Canada Goose with goslings and Black-billed Magpies are needed from everywhere!

Learn more and get involved

View the online Coverage Map to see where your birding can have the most impact this summer. You can also download the new NatureCounts smartphone app on Google Play or the Apple App Store to collect and submit data from the field. Learn more about the Atlas by visiting https://sk.birdatlas.ca/ or by contacting LeeAnn Latremouille: skatlas AT birdscanada.org

 

 

Canadian Lakes Loon Survey (nationwide)

Volunteer opportunity

If you regularly visit a Canadian lake, you can be a Citizen Scientist. Canadian Lakes Loon Survey participants have worked since 1981 to track Common Loon breeding by monitoring chick hatch and survival. Participants dedicate at least three days to the survey, visiting their lake once in June (to see if loon pairs are on territory), once in July (to see if chicks hatch), and once in August (to see if chicks survive long enough to fledge).

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Photo: Frank Horvath

Is it for me?

This program is great for anglers, lake lovers, and lake property owners. Anyone who revisits the same lake several times during a summer is a good fit. Being highly skilled at bird identification is NOT required, but you need to be able to differentiate the Common Loon from mergansers, cormorants, and ducks. In most situations, volunteers can conduct the survey during their regular lake-time activities – such as paddling, boating, fishing, or enjoying the shoreline. Binoculars are a must and, in most situations, a watercraft is required.

Stay-at-home orders, curfews, regional travel advisories (such as avoiding travel between different COVID-19 risk zones), or other COVID-19 restrictions in some locations may mean that doing the Survey is not possible; it is your responsibility to know, understand, and obey any guidance that applies to your situation.

 

Learn more and get involved

Visit www.birdscanada.org/loons for information on the Canadian Lakes Loon Survey and other ways you can help Common Loons. Potential volunteers are asked to review the Participant Factsheet and register to survey via the Volunteer Portal. For more information, please email Kathy Jones at volunteer@birdscanada.org.

 

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