Urban Birds of Ontario

Ontario’s cities are rapidly expanding, posing a serious threat to wildlife. To better understand why some birds thrive in cities while so many others do not, and to find ways to make Ontario’s cities more bird friendly, we need to know which species do and do not breed in our cities.

 

We are compiling a comprehensive list of the bird species that regularly breed in 15 of Ontario’s metro areas, as well as a list of birds that occur regionally but do not breed in cities. To do so, we are calling on you – expert birders, naturalists, and ornithologists – to complete surveys on the avifauna of any Ontario city that you know well!

The links below bring you to a survey on the avifauna of Ontario’s metro areas. Surveys are anonymous, and each one asks you to rank the urban occurrence of about 150 to 180 bird species. Surveys should take about 20-30 minutes to complete carefully.

LINKS TO SURVEYS:

Barrie 

Brantford

Greater Sudbury

Guelph

Hamilton

Kingston

Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo

London

Oshawa

Ottawa

Peterborough

St. Catharines-Niagara

Thunder Bay

Toronto

Windsor

* You can find a global study where we successfully used similar citizen science methods here.

*You can find answers to some Frequently Asked Questions about our methods here.

 
 

CONTACT US

Dr. Fran Bonier, Associate Professor

Queen's University Biology Department

Kingston, ON K7L 3N6 Canada

phone: +01.613.533.6000 x 77024

email:bonierf@queensu.ca

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photo credits

Eric Sehr: Toronto heron