Citizen Science

Bluebird Nesting Box Program

Helping the Eastern Bluebirds in Niagara

If you have hiked in Short Hills Provincial Park, you've likely noticed bird boxes such as the one in the picture below.  But did you know they were bluebird nesting boxes?  And that Niagara Bruce Trail Club VOLUNTEERS help to manage them???  And that there were 120 of these boxes???

Once rare in our area, we now celebrate regular sightings of the Eastern
Bluebird (Sialia sialis), thanks in part to our NBTC volunteer's efforts. Back in April 1984, rapidly declining populations (by as much as 90% in areas), led the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) to designate this bird as a species of special concern.

To learn more about the program and/or become a volunteer, click on the photo below.

Bruce Trail Project

Collect Important Biodiversity Data As You Hike

We are looking for additional citizen scientists to help us better understand the biodiversity along the  Bruce Trail.  Using the free powerful online tool iNaturalist, you can collect much needed data simply while you are out hiking the Bruce Trail.  Take photos of plants, trees and animals along the trail and submit your photos to the Bruce Trail Biodiversity Project.  Your observations will help to

  1. Catalogue species along the Trail
  2. Build a map of sightings
  3. Create a visual tool to look for distribution patterns & species movement
  4. Track invasive species, rare species and native species 

Click here to learn more about getting involved.

The Bruce Trail Conservancy is a charitable organization committed to establishing a conservation corridor containing a public footpath along the Niagara Escarpment, in order to protect its natural ecosystems and to promote environmentally responsible public access to this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.  Money raised by the conservancy and its clubs goes toward purchasing land for the trail and to maintaining the trail for future generations.