Owls are directly affected by changes in forests. These important predators are relatively easy to identify, but because they're nocturnal and nest early in the season, they can be difficult to monitor.
Information on owl distribution and abundance is essential for developing sound conservation strategies, identifying species in need of conservation action, and evaluating the effectiveness of management programs.
Through Nocturnal Owl Surveys across Canada, over 1000 volunteers spend one spring evening counting owls along isolated roads, to document population trends and breeding range limits.
Bird Studies Canada thanks all the volunteers and conservation partners who support Nocturnal Owl Surveys. If you live near Canada's great forests and can spare an evening this spring, see the links at left and consider contacting your regional owl survey program to volunteer.
To participate in the national program, for information on setting up a volunteer program, or to receive a copy of the Guidelines for Nocturnal Owl Monitoring in North America, please contact:
Ontario Volunteer Coordinator