Multiple season programs


Project Feeder Watch

Project FeederWatch is a critical research project to help winter bird populations. The project is funded by our caring members who also submit their backyard sightings for data analysis.

Skill Level: Any skill level.

When: Enter count data online at any time.

For Birds Canada Members (Membership requires a donation of any amount and is valid for the rest of the year).

For donations of $50 or more, you will also receive our exclusive BirdWatch Canada magazine. Project FeederWatch is a joint research and education project of Birds Canada and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.


eBird Canada is managed by Birds Canada in collaboration with The Cornell Lab of Ornithology. eBird allows users to submit observations, photos, and audio recordings, as well as explore observations around the community and globally. The free eBird app can be downloaded for both IOS and Android devices.

Skill Level: Any skill level.

When: Log sightings anywhere, any time.

Contact: Sign up at or by downloading the free mobile app for iPhone or Android.


Hawk Watch

Hawk Watch is a count of migrating raptors (hawks, falcons, eagles, and vultures), conducted by volunteers at specific locations across North America. Hawk Watch locations are usually situated on ridgelines or next to large bodies of water. These geographical features tend to act like funnels, causing large congregations of migrating birds to pass through relatively small areas. Volunteers identify and record all raptors that fly by, adding information about the age and/or sex of each individual whenever possible. Hawk Watch is coordinated by the Hawk Migration Association of North America (HMANA).

Contact: Hawk Migration Association of North America (

Skill Level: Birders of any skill level can participate. Good raptor identification skills are an asset.

When: Spring and/or Fall migration.

Project Nestwatch

Project NestWatch is a long-term monitoring program of breeding birds and nesting activity in Canada. Data gathered through this project provide valuable information on the health of bird populations and changes in the environment.

Skill Level: Any skill level.

When: Spring-Fall.

Thousands of scientists and Citizen Science volunteers from across the country monitor, record and submit nest observations each year. These efforts contribute important information for understanding, research and conservation of wild birds and their habitat.