Citizen Science

Citizen science entails sharing and summarizing observations made by amateur naturalists. Having many “eyes and ears” studying nature helps advance our understanding of species distributions and trends, supporting their conservation. For example, the best information available on long-term changes in bird populations comes from the Breeding Bird Survey, which is entirely based on contributions from amateur birders. Taking part in citizen science programs is also a great way to get out and experience nature.

New smartphone apps make it easy for everyone to participate and, consequently, there has been tremendous growth in the citizen science community over the past few years. On eBird alone, there have been over 80 million checklists submitted to date, recording more than one billion bird observations.

If you are new to citizen science, be sure to look through our Getting Started materials, below. Here you will find a general introduction to citizen science as well as tutorials for eBird and iNaturalist, the two largest projects. Once you’ve become oriented you can look for a project that aligns with your interests and get involved. We’ve organized the available projects into taxonomic groups — there is something here for everyone.

Getting Started

Bird Projects

Mammal Projects

Plant & Fungi Projects

Insect Projects

Amphibian & Reptile Projects

Aquatic Projects

Biodiversity Projects

Citizen Science News

May Plant Count Data Archivist

May Plant Count Team

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Beginner’s Guide to Winter Bird Identification

Recorded Presentation
Speaker: JANICE HURLBURT
Host: Edmonton Nature Club

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Counting Winter Bugs with John Acorn

Nature Alberta’s Nature Network Speaker Series
Wed, Jan 11 at 7 PM

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Christmas Bird Count

Across Alberta in December or January depending on local count day

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Project FeederWatch

Get to know the birds in your backyard while helping scientists out at the same time!

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