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

City Nature Challenge

By Steph Weizenbach | 29 April 2022

April 29 – May 2, 2022

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Making Citizen Science Count

By Steph Weizenbach | 24 April 2022

As naturalists, we love to watch wildlife, but if we want wild species to remain viable we need to actively contribute to their conservation.

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Canadian Nightjar Survey

By Steph Weizenbach | 15 April 2022

Volunteer Opportunity
Between June 15 and July 15

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Eagle Migration Count

By Steph Weizenbach | 1 March 2022

Volunteer Opportunity
Rocky Mountain Eagle Research
Mar 1 – Apr 22

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Black-capped Chickadee by Gerald Romanchuk

Great Backyard Bird Count

By Steph Weizenbach | 19 January 2022

Feb 18 – 21

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