Bird Studies Canada is our country’s leading science-based bird conservation organization. Our mission is to conserve wild birds of Canada through sound science, on-the-ground actions, innovative partnerships, public engagement, and science-based advocacy.
Watching birds is more popular than ever! Tens of thousands of Canadians share their energy, skill, and bird observations through Bird Studies Canada's bird surveys. These "Citizen Scientists" provide a tremendous service by volunteering their time to track the health of bird populations.
Using data from our targeted research initiatives and Citizen Science programs, and in collaboration with conservation partners, our scientists monitor bird population trends, investigate declines, and recommend actions to protect the health of ecosystems we all depend on.
Explore & Download Our Data
Research & Conservation Programs
Our Conservation Networks
Our educational programs combine bird research, Citizen Science, mentoring opportunities, school programs, public events, and workshops to provide engaging experiences that foster awareness, appreciation, and stewardship of birds and nature.
Long Point Programs
Christmas Bird Count for Kids
Urban Bird Programs
You can play an important role in conserving Canada's wild birds! Bird Studies Canada supporters provide charitable donations as well as making valuable Citizen Science contributions. Our nationwide programs are focused on the highest-priority conservation needs for birds.
Support Bird Studies Canada
Make a difference and support our research and conservation work.
Join Bird Studies Canada
Become a member and participate in any of our Citizen Science programs for free.
Great Canadian Birdathon
Join the Christmas Bird Count
You can help monitor and conserve North America's birds! To get involved in the Christmas Bird Count, find a count near you and contact the local compiler. You should be prepared to commit part or all of the count day as either a field observer or feeder watcher somewhere within the count circle. Compilers will want to know how comfortable you are with identifying winter birds in your area.
Field observers cover a portion of the count circle on their own or with a small group, counting all birds they find.
Feeder watchers count birds at their feeders for a portion of the day.
If you can't find a local count and are interested in starting one in your area, please contact:
Canadian Christmas Bird Count Coordinator
Bird Studies Canada