Canadian Nightjar Survey

Common Nighthawk by Doris May

Birds Canada

Conducting a Nightjar Survey is easy – anyone with good hearing and a vehicle can

• Each route is a series of 12 road-side stops
• Each route needs to be surveyed once per year between June 15 and July 15
• Each survey starts 30 minutes before sunset
• At each stop, you will listen quietly for nightjars for six minutes and record
information about your survey

Nightjars in Alberta include the Common Nighthawk, found all across the province, and the Common Poorwill, found in some parts of southern Alberta.

Email Andrew Coughlan at for more information and to register for your route.