Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather

From the Royal BC Museum

Learn about birdsongs from the Grace Bell collection in this Learning Portal pathway.

Where to Begin Your Own Research

Read a summary about the bird (ornithology) collection at the Royal BC Museum.

Search this Royal BC Museum online database to learn about specific birds in the collection.

Use the bird bone (avian osteology) guide to identify birds of interest.

Outside Links

This is the most popular citizen science platform for recording bird sightings. eBird data is open access and is used by researchers to understand large-scale patterns of bird distribution. Download the eBird app, and share observations of birds in your neighbourhood.

Learn about iNaturalist’s citizen science project to document biodiversity in BC’s provincial parks. Download the iNaturalist app on your phone, and join the BC Parks project.

Birds Canada is a national organization that leads bird education and conservation. Learn about how you can take part in other bird-based citizen science projects across Canada, organized by province.

Download the Merlin Bird ID app on your phone to identify birds in your backyard. Also explore All About Birds to learn more about the identification, life history and distribution of birds.

Explore the Government of Canada portal to learn about 50+ citizen science projects in Canada, from birds to belugas.

WeDigBio is an annual citizen science festival in October. Help museums digitize biological specimens in their collection, from insects in jars to pressed plants on herbarium sheets to birds in drawers.