Guelph, Ontario

Citizen Science Projects

Did you know that by feeding the birds you can help scientists with their research? By participating in the projects below, you are contributing to conservation efforts throughout North America. You can download a copy of our brochure on Birds, Science and You to learn more.

Great Backyard Bird Count logo The Great Backyard Bird Count

Wild Birds Unlimited is a major sponsor of this event! It’s important because it gives scientists a wide range of information from throughout North America, and they use that information to study bird populations and migration patterns. Ultimately, that helps with bird conservation efforts. Every February, the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society organize this event to capture a four-day picture of where the birds are each winter. Participate with your family or make it a scout troop, school class or other group project. Join us this year! Find out more .


WBU Project FeederWatch logoProject FeederWatch

 Project FeederWatch is a joint research and education project of the Cornell Lab or Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada. From November through early April, FeederWatchers periodically count the birds they see at their feeders and send their counts to Project FeederWatch. The data collected help scientists track the movements of winter bird populations and monitor trends in bird distribution and abundance.

Visit their website to read more and find out how to sign up.


 Guelph Christmas Bird CountWBU Christmas Bird Count button

Since 1900, the National Audubon Society has headed up the annual Christmas Bird Count, where bird-watchers of all ages and backgrounds count the number and species of birds seen on a given day between December 14 and January 5. Bird-watchers are assigned to a group and a certain "square" within their area to count the birds. If you are interested in participating in Guelph's CBC, contact us at the store to sign up. To learn more about the Audubon Christmas Bird Count, visit their website at .