Regional Caretaker Networks

Our goal is to maintain an active and supportive network of Caretakers across Canada, with every IBA assigned a lead volunteer, who is assisted by other citizen scientists and volunteer experts.

Caretaker Networks are currently underway in every province of Canada. While each program has a slightly different administrative structure, most of these programs are run by provincial nature conservation organizations, with varying levels of support and involvement from the Canadian IBA Program co-partners, Bird Studies Canada and Nature Canada.  In four provinces, the program is either led or co-led by the local Bird Studies Canada office.

Provincial IBA Programs are recruiting Caretakers, enlisting community and government support for IBA conservation, and overseeing the review of IBA site summary information in each province.

All of these provinces are at different stages in implementing the IBA Program, and we hope to gain participation from remaining provinces and territories soon. This is an exciting time, when your contributions will help shape and improve the program’s delivery in unique ways in each region.

To volunteer as a Caretaker, support a regional IBA Program, or learn more about how you can help protect birds and biodiversity, please select this link or contact the IBA Caretaker coordinators listed below:

British Columbia

BC Nature

c/o Parks Heritage Centre

1620 Mount Seymour Rd.
North Vancouver, BC V7G 2R9
Tel: 604-985-3057 

David Bradley, Bird Studies Canada

BC Program Manager 



Nature Alberta

1759 Groat Rd.
Edmonton, AB T5M 3K6
Tel: 780-427-8124



Nature Saskatchewan

206 - 1860 Lorne St.
Regina, SK S4P 2L7
Tel: 306-780-9273

Lacey Weekes, Conservation and Education Manager



Nature Manitoba

63 Albert St., Suite 401
Winnipeg, MB R3B 1G4
Tel: 204-943-9029


Christian Artuso Ph.D, Bird Studies Canada

Manitoba Program Manager



Bird Studies Canada (National Office)
P.O. Box 160
Port Rowan, Ontario, N0E 1M0
519-586-3531 ext 167

Amanda Bichel



Nature Québec

870, ave De Salaberry, bur 207

Québec, QC G1R 2T9

Tel: 418-648-2104


Marilyn Labrecque 

New Brunswick

Nature New Brunswick

924 Prospect St, Suite 110

Fredericton, NB E3B 2T9

Tel: 506-459-4209


Vanessa Roy-McDougall, Executive Director 

Prince Edward Island


Island Nature Trust

P.O. Box 265

Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K4

Tel: 902-892-7513/902-566-9150


Jackie Waddell, Executive Director (Tel: 902-893-7513) 

Nova Scotia

Bird Studies Canada

45 Alderney Dr., 16th floor
Dartmouth, NS B2Y 2N6
Tel: 902-426-4055

Sue Abbott


Newfoundland and Labrador

Nature Newfoundland and Labrador

P.O. Box 1013

St. John's, NL A1C 5M3


Rita Anderson, co-president (709-864-6771)


Intervale Associates
P.O. Box 172

Doyles, NL A0N 1J0

Tel: 709-686-5927


Kathleen Blanchard Ph.D., Intervale Associates President



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The IBA Program is an international conservation initiative coordinated by BirdLife International. The Canadian co-partners for the IBA Program are Birds Canada and Nature Canada.
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