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Conserving nature through science and outreach


Want to help us with our conservation science programs? We have volunteer opportunities with our four core programs.

  • The Iona Island Bird Observatory (IIBO) monitors wintering and migratory birds. Volunteer at IIBO during the spring, fall, or winter to help us learn more about the birds at Iona Island Regional Park, and learn more about bird monitoring techniques. Email with questions or to volunteer.
  • The Cooper’s Hawk (COHA) Urban Raptor Monitoring Program involves surveys across the lower mainland of British Columbia to give population estimates. Participate in counts, habitat assessments, and sampling for pollutants. Contact us at
  • The British Columbia Marsh Monitoring Program (BCMMP) monitors wetland habitat use by birds and amphibians throughout the breeding season. To get involved, go to our NatureCounts page or email
  • The Western Sandpiper Program uses nanotags in order to better understand the movement ecology of Western Sandpipers. WildResearch also conducts shorebird surveys at Iona Beach Regional Park throughout the Spring and Summer in order to track migration timing across years. Western Sandpiper tagging is only open to experienced IIBO banders, while surveys are open to WildResearch members of all skill levels. Email for more information.