Citizen science

Are you interested in contributing to science and learning more about the world around you? There are many citizen science initiatives in which to get involved. You can have fun with science and learn something new, and it’s rewarding to know that you’ll also be helping scientists with their research.

Explore the projects by following the links below. Please note that some of these initiatives take place only during certain time periods or in certain areas.

If you are a scientist and you lead a citizen science project please let us know and we’ll add it to the list.

Citizen Science

Agroclimate Impact Reporter
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Through a simple monthly update, agricultural producers can report on the impact of weather and climate conditions and events in their region. The volunteers provide valuable information about the current agricultural situation and emerging risks. 

Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada/Environment and Climate Change Canada

Join this volunteer network of weather observers who measure and map precipitation (rain and snow) in their communities.


Record your monarch butterfly observations using eButterfly. This website allows users to track their butterfly sightings and locations; organize, store and share photos; and make a valuable contribution to science and conservation.

Frog Watch

Find out how to participate in a program to help increase knowledge of frogs and toads in Canada.

Ice Watch

Contribute to Canadian climate change research by helping to record and analyze when ice forms and thaws on bodies of water.

Neighbourhood Bat Watch

Support bat conservation by locating bat colonies and counting the number of bats living in them.

Peregrine falcons at Pukaskwa National Park
Parks Canada

Pukaskwa National Park has volunteer opportunities for park visitors who are interested in monitoring its resident peregrine falcons. 

Plant Watch

Participate in Plant Watch to help scientists discover how, and more importantly why, our natural environment is changing

Report an Earthquake
Natural Resources Canada

Did you feel it? Help seismologists determine how your area may respond to future earthquakes by contributing intensity information on the earthquakes you experience.

Search and rescue
National Research Council of Canada

The Search and Rescue Citizen Science project is helping assess the use of new sensor technologies in airborne search and rescue operations.

Shark sightings
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is collecting data on sharks, especially the basking shark (listed as “endangered” under the Species at Risk Act), and the bluntnose sixgill shark and tope shark (species of “special concern”). People who are at sea for work or recreation are encouraged to report shark sightings at 1-877-50-SHARK (1-877-507-4275, toll-free).

Spruce budworm tracking
Natural Resources Canada/Healthy Forest Partnership

The spruce budworm is the most destructive insect in eastern Canadian forests. Citizen scientists play a major role in providing insight into why populations rise and spread the way they do.  Watch this video to learn more. uses data captured through a smart phone app to track tree disease outbreaks and deliver forest health data to scientists and forest managers. 

Volunteer bird surveys
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Data from bird surveys provides information on population status and trends that help identify species or populations requiring conservation action. These bird surveys depend on citizen scientists of all ages and skill levels.

Waterton Lakes National Park
Parks Canada

Waterton Lakes National Park has several annual citizen science projects that allow everyday people to gain in-depth knowledge of species found in the park and the issues facing Waterton.

Wild Whales: Report marine animal sightings
Fisheries and Oceans Canada/B.C. Cetacean Sightings Network

Support the conservation of marine animals by reporting sightings of whales, dolphins, and porpoises in British Columbia waters.

Worm Watch

Discover the diversity beneath your feet by participating in Worm Watch. Help scientists research all the earthworm species in Canada.

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