Edmonton, Alberta

Do You Like To Bird?

Take on a Breeding Bird Survey Route and count birds.

So, what is the Breeding Bird Survey?


It is the primary source of long-term, large scale population monitoring of birds in North America.  It was started in Canada and the U.S. in 1965, in Alberta in 1968. Data collected is available to the public and the results are used by scientists, wildlife managers educators, and students. The importance of the BBS conservation program is partly shown in the 450+ scientific publications that rely on BBS data.

The BBS routes are run best in the month of June, and is required to be run but once a year.  The Survey starts ½ hour before sunrise and takes about 4 hours to complete.

If you are interested, do you have what it takes?

To be able to participate in this survey you need to know your birds by sight and sound. This means being able to identify no less than 120 species to run any route in Alberta. If you are interested in training to be able to get out there and identify birds, contact us at the store (587) 521-2473 or by email at wbuedmonton@gmail.com

For in depth details of the surveys, go to https://www.pwrc.usgs.gov/BBS/

To find maps of available routes go to http://ec.gc.ca/reom-mbs/default.asp?lang=En&n=6EDF4B0C-1

For further enquiries email Jack Park (Wild Birds Unlimited staff member) at yellowcere@hotmail.com or phone him at 780-887-8127.

For information on the results of the Breeding Bird Survey, see the following web links.