Spring migration is here
Nature’s version of rush hour is underway—complete with raucous honking and a good deal of ruffled feathers. There’s an amazing spectacle of birds on the move right outside your door, and this spring, we invite you to join in the fun!
Share your bird observations in the DUC Migration Tracker community science project
Contribute your bird sightings this spring to the DUC Migration Tracker project on iNaturalist! It’s a fun and easy way to enjoy time outdoors and learn more about birds.
In addition to being a great way to enjoy the season, your participation also helps conservation! Data from community science projects is often used to fill knowledge gaps and support biodiversity research.
Here’s how to get started:
- Sign up for iNaturalist.ca online or via the iNaturalist app.
- Join the DUC Migration Tracker
- Go birding and upload your observations to iNaturalist. They will automatically be added to the DUC Migration Tracker project, and community members can help you with species identification.
Share your migration moments on DUC’s Migration Tracker!
This spring, the DUC Migration Tracker will also provide you with a chance to win one of four prize packs from Vortex Canada!
Vote now for your favourite migratory birds!
As we celebrate the glorious return of spring, we are asking for your help to determine Canada’s favourite migratory bird! Voting is open now in this new series of tournament brackets—presented in a format that may look a little familiar.
After the first round of voting wraps up on March 3, we’ll hold a weekly vote to determine which migratory bird species will move to the next round. With your help, we’ll crown this year’s Marsh Madness champion species on March 31!
Free webinar: Nature’s Incredible Journeys
Join DUC and our partners from Birds Canada and the Canadian Wildlife Federation at this free online webinar, celebrating the amazing world of bird migration, conservation and community science!
Our expert presenters will share fascinating insights on:
- How bird migration works
- Stories of bird migration and the research that uncovers them
- The role of habitat and conservation
- How community science (citizen science) can help
- How to have fun with community science and birding this spring
This event has already taken place, but the replay is available to watch now.
Flock Watch 2023: Your chance to win with DUC and Vortex Canada
Starting during National Wildlife Week, we’ll issue weekly species challenges for participants in the DUC Migration Tracker community science project. Tune in to our Instagram updates or iNaturalist project journal for challenge announcements starting April 7!
One qualifying observation will be drawn each Thursday to win an amazing Vortex Canada prize pack, which includes a pair of Diamondback 10×42 binoculars.
Contest terms and conditions coming soon.
Watch inside a duck’s nest boxRead now
Inside the nest box
Our conservation staff and volunteers are busy building, maintaining and monitoring nest boxes for cavity nesting migratory birds!
We hope to bring you video updates and stories from a variety of birds this spring—providing nature and the wildlife cooperate. In the meantime, we invite you to begin learning with the following resources.
Check out nest box footage from a previous year and learn nesting facts about wood ducks and hooded mergansers, two of the species that use them
Learn more about nest boxes and cavity nesting birds.
Discover more about the incredible journeys taken by North America’s migratory birds.
Ways you can help migratory birds and biodiversity
This spring, we invite you to get active and have fun while putting your support behind conservation!
Up to one million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction, many within decades, according to a recent United Nations report—and habitat loss is the leading cause.
Join the DUC Migration Tracker project
Help grow the species data that informs conservation by uploading your observations to the DUC Migration Tracker community science project on iNaturalist.
Give a Duck for conservation
Your symbolic donation of $20 or more saves vital bird habitat and provides a better future for us all. You can even dedicate your donation.
Shop DUC Gear™!
Check out our new 85th anniversary collection, exclusive YETI gear and more in the DUC Gear™ store. Proceeds support habitat conservation in Canada.
Sign up for fresh air, fun times and fundraising
Watch for opportunities coming soon to participate in outdoor events like Duck & Run and Ride to the Lake this summer.
Resources and Stories
More information to help you get the most out of migration season.
Watch inside a duck’s nest box
Watch and learn about the wood ducks and hooded mergansers using nest boxes installed by a DUC volunteer in New Brunswick—and get ready for the ducklings to hatch!
How Duck Flight Works
Migrating ducks can best be appreciated while in flight. We break down the marvels of mechanics, structure and aerodynamics that make their long journeys possible (along with habitat).
Ducks from a distance: helpful hints for identification in the wild
Tips from waterfowl experts on overcoming identification challenges for the 20+ species of ducks that live in North America.
Songbird Banding at Oak Hammock Marsh
A songbird banding station outside of Ducks Unlimited Canada’s national offices in Manitoba nets a fraction of the thousands of birds that rely on the surrounding wetland every spring and fall.
Cloudy with a chance of waterfowl
Radar technology informs the weather forecast…and plays an important role in conservation
Dragonflies and monarchs: multi-generation migrations
In the world of dragonfly and butterfly migration, it can take more than one generation to complete a round-trip from north to south and back again.
Light weight and information-heavy
How research scientists are using feathers to learn more about waterfowl
Migrating to Mexico’s mangroves
Up to 20 per cent of North America’s waterfowl migrate to overwinter in Mexico. But the wetlands they depend on there are threatened. That’s why committed conservationists are working tirelessly on their behalf, to protect these unique habitats.