Citizen science portal

Science is all around us. It plays a part in getting us to work, powering our buildings, and making sure the food and water we consume is safe. Every day, researchers are working to improve our society and discover new things about the world in which we live.

There are science projects and science experiments happening in your community that you can get involved in. Some may only be available at certain times of year or in certain areas, but with a little exploring you can find exciting ways to take part in science. You can then share how you are involved in science using the hashtag #ScienceAroundMe.

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

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Science projects

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.

Bird Studies Canada

Share your energy, skill and bird sightings to track the health of bird populations. Participate in Bird Studies Canada’s research and monitoring programs.

Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative

Contact the CWHC regional centre in your area to report sick or dead wildlife and help track the health of wild populations.

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.

eButterfly

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.

FluWatch

Public Health Agency of Canada

Become a FluWatcher and help monitor the spread of flu-like illnesses in Canada.

Frog Watch

NatureWatch

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

Ice Watch

NatureWatch

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

Milkweed Watch

NatureWatch

Monarch butterflies need milkweed plants for their reproduction. Help track the health of butterfly populations in Canada by identifying the location of milkweed plants.

Neighbourhood Bat Watch

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

Ocean Networks Canada

Become a digital fisher or coastbuster, and follow live video feeds to help Ocean Networks Canada study the oceans.

Plant Watch

NatureWatch

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.

Shark sightings

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Document and report your encounter with a shark. Most people don't know what to do when and if they see a shark. The answer is: enjoy the view from a safe distance. Sharks are wild animals, and deserve the same level of respect given to any other wild animal.

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.

TreeTaggr.org

TreeTaggr 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

NatureWatch

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

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