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What is the Christmas Birds Rally?

  • A birdwatching activity for kids and teens and their family
  • An invitation to go and meet the birds around you and connect with nature
  • A chance to contribute to science and help protect birds
  • A chance to win prizes!

The Rally is an individual activity but some clubs also organized a group outing:

  • Montréal: Parc Jean-Drapeau, December 12th. Inscription
  • Boucherville: Parc de la Frayère, December 27th. Call Jean Breton at 514 229-2863
  • Rouyn-Noranda: Sentiers de raquette Kiwanis (lac Noranda), December 28th. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For parents: The Christmas Bird Rally is a Citizen Science activity aimed at children and adolescents alike. After the rally, feel free to share your aspiring birdwatcher's observations, photos and drawings using the hashtag #RallyeOiseauxNoel. You will be able to see all the bublic drawings and photos on Facebook and Instagram. Every entry is eligible to win a participation prize! For any questions, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


How does it work?

Before the outing

Download and print the outing kit (available in English). You can also download games and drawings!

  • Read the instructions to prepare for your rally
  • Learn to identify the bird species you could encounter
  • Choose a day between December 1st and January 16th for your rally
  • Avoid rainy, windy and very cold days
  • Choose a place where there are usually many birds (e.g. a park)
  • Make sure you have all your equipment

Recommended equipment

  • Binoculars
  • Your illustrated bird list (in your outing kit)
  • A pencil
  • A clipboard or other holder (for your list)
  • A notebook for taking notes
  • Very warm clothes
  • A snack
  • Water

The day of the outing

  1. Watch birds from your home, in your neighborhood or in a park (or all three!)
  2. In a notebook or on the illustrated list, write down all the birds you can identify. For example, if you saw four Black-capped Chickadees during your outing, write "Black-capped Chickadee: 4"
  3. If you see a bird that you do not recognize, draw or describe it (color, size, etc.). When you get back home, you will be able to identify it more easily using a field guide, an app (e.g. Merlin Bird ID) or a Website (e.g. Birds by colors).
  4. The duration of your outing is up to you (from fifteen minutes to a full day if you are really motivated!)
  5. You can do several outings between December 1st and January 16th. What's important is that you record your observations each day separately

Back at home

  • Record your observations on the observation form.
  • Share your experience on Facebook or Instagram with hashtag #RallyeOiseauxNoel. Stories, photos and drawings are welcome!
  • You could win a participation prize if you record your observations or if you share your experience!
  • At the end of the program, you will get a scientific report showing the results of all participants.

 Questions?

Do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

What is Citizen Science?

Citizen Science refers to all activities of a scientific nature carried out by the general public. The information collected during the rally is used for the study of birds and their protection.

NOTE: We ask all participants to follow guidelines on COVID-19. These guidelines are continuously updated at www.quebec.ca/coronavirus.