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Volunteering with BSC
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The following chart lists
all of our programs that you can get involved in
as well as the approximate minimum degree of experience and time-commitment that is required
Participants count birds at their feeders over a 2-day
period every week from November to March. Count for as long or short a
period as you like.
In late December through early January,
groups of organized participants conduct one-day winter bird counts in
circular areas, 24 kilometres in diameter.
Participants spend time observing loons at their favourite lake throughout the summer.
The Birdathon challenge is to identify as
many bird species as possible in a 24-hour period, anytime in May.
Participants are sponsored, raising money for bird research and
Participants volunteer at one of a series
of migration monitoring stations established across Canada to gain
hands on training in bird banding and censusing techniques.
Through regionally-based programs,
participants are assigned roadside routes to document owl calls during
Anyone with a bird nesting in their yard
or neighbourhood can help monitor nesting success. Participants check
nesting progress and report observations online.
During the breeding season, volunteers
spend time in their region gathering data on the breeding distribution
and abundance of all birds they observe.
Participants are assigned routes in
marshes to track the presence and abundance of marsh birds and
Participants count waterbirds at
designated coastal sites every month, with an emphasis on the period
from September to April.
Beach-goers walk a stretch of coastal
beach once per month to record the numbers and condition of dead birds
along the shoreline.
Participants count birds during the breeding
season on roadside routes in their region.
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