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Archived — Become a citizen scientist

Citizen scientists make small contributions that can have a big impact.
Check out the projects below and get involved today.

Tackle climate change

Watch ice

Freeze/thaw cycles of Northern water bodies are changing, but it's not consistent across the country. If you live close to water, you can help IceWatch.

Listen to frogs

Worldwide, many wetland species are declining in numbers or have become extinct. Monitoring frog and toad populations is one way to check the health of wetland areas. If you're a good listener, you can help FrogWatch.

Collect rain or snow

Rain and snow data is used by meteorologists, hydrologists, engineers and builders to make important decisions every day. Help measure precipitation.

Monitor blooming plants

Some plant species are flowering almost a month earlier than they were a century ago. Scientists believe climate change is affecting blooming times. Your observations can help give scientists a better understanding. Help PlantWatch.

Keep Canadian forests healthy

Tag a tree

Love trees? Get the TreeTaggr app and deliver forest health data to scientists and forest managers.

Track spruce budworms

For more than a century, spruce budworm has been the most destructive insects in eastern Canadian forests. Outbreaks often result in widespread tree growth loss and death with effects that can last for decades. Get the budwormtracker.

Dig for worms

Earthworms are very sensitive to soil disturbance, so learning more about the distribution of earthworm species can be used to help improve soil health and reclaim degraded sites. Help WormWatch.

Save lives


Spot downed aircraft and help test new sensor technology in search and rescue operations that could save lives, faster. Take the test today.


Did you know that monarchs fly over 4,000 kilometres south to Mexico for the winter? In fact, it's their great-grandchildren that arrive back in Canada in spring. Help ebutterfly better understand all butterfly diversity with your observations.


From hawk watch to the Great Backyard Bird Count, you can help protect birds in Canada by collecting information about them. Environment and Climate Change Canada runs or supports monitoring programs for birds across Canada.

Whales, dolphins, porpoises and sea turtles

British Columbian whales, dolphins, porpoise and sea turtles face many threats, like pollution, entanglement, noise, and collisions with boats. You can help by reporting the animals you see in B.C. waters.


Live on the coast? If you spot a shark, the Government of Canada wants to know. Shark populations are generally vulnerable to fishing and entanglement and some species are endangered. Report shark sightings: 1-877-50-SHARK (1-877-507-4275), and learn more about sharks in Canada.

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