Citizen Science

Helping the Eastern Bluebirds in Niagara

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.

NEW FOR 2023 – our volunteers are building a new bluebird trail at a recently secured BTC Nature Reserve in the Niagara area!! 

If you would like to get involved please email




Continuing Bluebird Support

Our ongoing support of the Eastern Bluebird continues with a group of NBTC volunteers building 20 bluebird boxes.  They will be installed on the BTC owned property of Woodend Meadow at the beginning of November.

Our conservation efforts in this area have resulted in the Bluebird being removed from the endangered list.  Our ongoing efforts help to support this fragile species.



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 

To learn more about the project visit


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.