Atlas-3 2024 Kick-off - April 20th & 21st!

Interested in Birds?

Help us kick off the start of year four of Atlas-3 this April, at our in-person kick-off event weekend! The event will focus on an introduction to Atlas-3 and how to best get involved. It is also a great way to meet fellow Atlassers, get hands-on training from experts, and ask questions in person to better prepare yourself for the upcoming season. Experience is not required, enthusiasm is!

Atlas HQ Events

Atlas HQ will be hosting two in-person kick-off events: Saturday, April 20th at Innisdale Secondary School in Barrie and on Sunday, April 21st at the North Grenville Municipal Centre in Ottawa (location details below). Registration is required for both the Barrie and Ottawa events and spots are limited! Click here to register. If you’re not in the Barrie or Ottawa areas, check below for other regional events hosted by Atlas Regional Coordinators!

Location Details & Registration

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Innisdale Secondary School

Saturday, April 20, 2024 (9:30AM – 12:30PM)

Directions: 95 Little Ave, Barrie, Ontario L4N 2Z4


North Grenville Municipal Centre

Sunday, April 21, 2024 (9:30AM – 12:30PM)

Directions: 285 Hwy 44, Kemptville, Ontario K0G 1J0

Atlas HQ Event Details

9:30 – Welcome

9:45 – [inside] Recap of Atlas-3 project overview, coverage goals

10:15 – [outside] Split up into small group sessions: Using the app, special surveys, point counts, Zoom units, breeding evidence codes, atlassing basics

12:00 – [inside] Recap, questions, door prizes

12:30 – Departure

Don’t forget to dress for the weather, bring your Atlassing gear (binoculars, notebooks, smartphone, other technology, etc.) and questions. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.

Virtual Presentations

New to the Atlas or looking for some refreshers? Check out our “Getting started with Atlas-3” playlist. It’s a short series of recorded presentations (<10 minutes) that go through all the Atlas basics!

Regional Events

Can’t make it to Barrie or Ottawa? No problem! Many regions will be hosting their own local events either on the kick-off weekend or in the weeks following.

Region Details


Description: Update on Region 1 effort to date, point counts, general help and questions.

Location: Ojibway Nature Centre, Windsor

Date/time: May 23 at 6 pm (2 hours)

How to register: Contact Paul Pratt (


Description: Join us for a morning of birding at Canatara Park. Meet other Region 3 birders, and bring your questions about square coverage, the NatureCounts app, or anything else Atlas-3 related!

Location: Canatara Park - meet at the Seaway Kiwanis Pavillion between Cathcart Blvd and Lake Chipican

Date/time: May 4, 8:30 am - 10:00 am

How to register: Contact Tanya Berkers (


Description: The event will focus on an introduction to Atlas-3 and how to best get involved. It is also a great way to meet fellow Atlassers, get hands-on training from experts, and ask questions in person to better prepare yourself for the upcoming season.

Staff from Ontario Nature and Birds Canada will be on hand to answer any questions you have, and the Atlas-3 Regional Coordinator Rob Dobos for Hamilton Region will lead a birding hike on the trails around Ancaster Rotary Centre.

Location: Ancaster Rotary Centre

Date/time: April 27, 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM

How to register:


Description: Kick off event hosted by the Peterborough Regional Coordinator team and the Peterborough Field Naturalists. All local atlassers, both new and experienced, are encouraged to attend. Most of the meeting will be inside covering all things Atlas and will be a great chance to meet fellow atlassers. If the weather cooperates we hope to include some content outside including practice with atlassing and with recording data using the NatureCounts app.

Location: Camp Kawartha Environment Centre (2505 Pioneer Rd)

Date/time: April 14, 1-4 pm

How to register: Martin Park (


Description: An Introduction to the Ontario Breeding Bird Atlas in the Ottawa Region. Targeted to new participants wanting to know more about the Atlas and how they can share their observations.

Location: virtual

Date/time: April 15 at 7:30 pm

How to register: Contact in advance for passcode


Description: Join us for a morning of birding and banding. Please register by contacting the Regional Coordinator, since this event is weather dependent.

Location: Cambrian College

Date/time: May 11, 7am -12pm

How to register: Contact Darryl Edwards (


Description: Meet up for the first day of the Breeding Bird season in the north (June 1) to practice with the Nature Counts app in an interesting Bog habitat right in Thunder Bay. The event will start at dawn (meet at the end of Vanguard Ave) for a few hours of birding Williams Bog.

Location: William's Bog' in square 16TCU26. 

Date/time: June 1, dawn (approx. 2 hours)

How to register: Contact James Barber (


Description: Join Regional Coordinators and fellow atlassers for a morning of atlassing in Timmins: get hands-on practice submitting general observations, doing point counts (including with digital recording units) and help us fill coverage gaps while having fun. All skill levels are welcome.

Location: Canadian Tire parking lot (2199 Riverside Dr., Timmins)

Date/time: June 2, 7:30 AM (approx. 4 hours)

How to register: Contact Roxane Filion ( or Pierre Noël (


Description: In person event on April 27 in Guelph. Discussion of local strategies followed by bird walk.

Location: Riverside Park, Guelph

Date/time: April 27 at 9:00 am (1-1.5 hours)

How to register: Registration not required. Contact Marlene Paibomesai at for details.

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