British Columbia Marsh Monitoring Program

Photo: Mark Peck

Join volunteers across British Columbia (and several other regions of Canada) to monitor marsh bird and amphibian species in this program co-led by Birds Canada and WildResearch. Many marsh species are quite cryptic, so targeted monitoring data on these species is quite valuable. The goal of this coordinated effort is part of national monitoring and conservation of marsh species. 

The data collected by BC Marsh Monitoring Program surveyors provides long-term data on the abundance and distribution of marsh species in BC. This data will allow us to:

  • Assess the annual changes and long-term trends in population size and distribution of marsh species in BC
  • Collect data that contribute to population estimates of marsh reliant species in BC
  • Advance our understanding of the ecology and the status of marshes in BC

To pick a survey marsh (Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley only right now):

  • Download the map of sites in the Resources tab, select a few marshes you are interested in
  • Email us your preferred marsh, and a few others you could do (
  • Indicate in your email how many stations you want to survey, and if you are interested in birds, amphibians, or both