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

Plant Projects

Insect Projects

Aquatic Projects

Other Projects

Citizen Science News

Alberta Volunteer Amphibian Monitoring Program

By Steph Weizenbach | 5 August 2022

Alberta Conservation Association
Volunteer opportunity to contribute data as a citizen scientist

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BiodiverCity Challenge

By Steph Weizenbach | 6 June 2022

June 9-12th
All Across Alberta!

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Observe, investigate, and share nature with iNaturalist!

By Steph Weizenbach | 5 June 2022

Investigate species everywhere you go with these simple steps to get started with iNaturalist.

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May Species Count

By Steph Weizenbach | 3 May 2022

Last Weekend in May
All Across Alberta!

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May Species Count – Central Alberta

By Steph Weizenbach | 3 May 2022

May 28 & 29
Central Alberta

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