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
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
- 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
The day of the outing
- Watch birds from your home, in your neighborhood or in a park (or all three!)
- 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"
- 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).
- The duration of your outing is up to you (from fifteen minutes to a full day if you are really motivated!)
- 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.
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.