McGill Bird Observatory

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Waking up in the morning wouldn’t be the same without the beautiful sounds and brilliant colours that birds add to our environment. Little yellow warblers and red cardinals are just two of the iconic Montreal birds among the 200-plus species that can be seen at the McGill Bird Observatory, located in the tranquil surroundings of the 22-hectare Stoneycroft Wildlife Area at the western tip of the island.

The Observatory is a vital link in the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network with a mission to monitor bird movement and population patterns across the country – work that provides essential data for the conservation and management of birdlife.

As public access is limited to special events and research programs, one of the best ways to see the Observatory is to get involved in our volunteer program. Assistance is needed with bird banding activities and general maintenance, and volunteers can choose to participate from just a couple of times a season to a couple of times a week depending on their interests and availability. Alternatively, group visits are available with guided tours for groups of 8 to 15 people.