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While it is quite a pleasure to see and possible count our local flora and fauna, sometimes it is nice to go beyond and make a contribution to scientific and/or conservation efforts.

Christmas Bird Counts (Near you) | Ballie Birdathon | Monthly Birdbashes (North Bay) (from Nipissing Naturalist website) | Carden Alvar Point Counts | Great Backyard Birdcount (Feb 12-15, 2010, may repeat)
Insect Butterflies & Dragonflies

Submit your sightings
eBird Canada
Butterflies Send in Latest Records (at
Dragonflies Send in Latest Records (at | Odonate atlas 
Moths NAMBI (The North American Moths Backyard Inventory)
Herps Ontario's Reptile and Amphibian Atlas
All Species at risk (MNR) | Ontario Road Ecology Group (Dead or alive animals seen on roadways)

Organized Surveys
Winter Raptor Survey November to March, once a month
Project Feeder Watch November to early April, at your convenience
Nocturnal Owl Survey April or early May, couple of nights
Project NestWatch May to July
Breeding Bird Surveys June, one day
Canadian Lakes Loon Survey June to August, at least once a month
A Swift Night Out August or September, specific weekend
Southern Ontario Bald Eagle Monitoring Project
Golden-winged Warbler Atlas Project (GOWAP)
Ontario Hummingbird Project
North American Bird Phenology Program Convert historical data on cards into usable electronic forms
Purple Martin Conservation Association Four projects devoted to monitoring Purple Martins.
Report a banded Sandhill Crane
North American Chimney Swift Nest Site Research Project
Celebrate Urban Birds
Spring Warbler Survey (Toronto)
Mid-Winter Waterfowl Inventory (Toronto)
Fatal Light Awareness Program (Toronto)
Report a Bird with a Deformed Beak

Frog Watch March (late) to July, maybe longer. Salamander observations accepted too.
Ontario Turtle Tally June, mostly

Ice Watch November/December and March/April, four days around freeze-up and break-up
Worm Watch Spring to Fall
Plant Watch May and June, or whenever your target plants are blooming

More Involved Surveys

Canadian Migration Monitoring Network Much effort, Bruce Peninsula is closest station
Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program (April to June) Amphibian Surveys | Bird Surveys | Habitat Surveys (Three times for amphibians and/or twice for birds plus once for habitat)

Carden Nature Festival June, middle, one weekend
Hike Haliburton Festival  October

Finished Programs
Ontario Tree Atlas
Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas A book "Atlas of Breeding Birds of Ontario, 2001-2005" compares results from first atlas