atureCaretakers provide vital and necessary monitoring of bird habitat at over one-third of Canada’s 600 Important Bird Areas (IBAs). Stewardship of local bird habitat is essential for protecting places that are important to breeding, migrating, staging and wintering birds. In partnership with Bird Studies Canada (BSC), the volunteer efforts of NatureCaretakers provide a first line of defense to areas lacking formal protection and oversight.
Volunteer Caretakers are the eyes, ears, and hands on the ground at IBAs across Canada. After being matched to specific IBAs, IBA Caretakers monitor birds, assess habitats, and conduct conservation activities. They work with local communities, scientists, governments and nature groups to promote Important Bird Areas and to ensure that local conservation ideas are put into action. Their hands-on volunteer work helps build healthier bird communities and more sustainable environments for future generations. Today the network spans nine provinces and is managed by regional partners across the country.
It keeps me connected with a network of other like-minded enthusiastic and knowledgeable bird watchers.
We’ve always been interested in nature and birds, so we thought becoming Caretakers would be a good fit.
The program is as much about birding as it is about bringing people together out in nature on a regular basis.
Meet an Important Bird Area Caretaker
Find out what it’s like to be one of hundreds of volunteers protecting IBAslearn more
Become an Important Bird Area Caretaker
Volunteer with Nature Canada by becoming an IBA Caretakerlearn more
Canada’s Important Bird Areas Program
A global initiative to conserve birds and their habitatslearn more
Identifying Important Bird Areas
We use strong scientific data to select areas that are essential for migratory birdslearn more