The Urban-Rural Biomonitoring & Assessment Network. A citizen-science project in Hamilton, Ontario.

Get Involved

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with URBAN. Watch this page for upcoming workshops and other events. Or get in touch directly, by emailing

Stream Sampling 2014 Dates:

Friday May 9: Sulphur Springs
Saturday May 10: Tiffany Falls
Tuesday May 20: Sherman Falls
Wednesday May 21: Valens CA
Saturday May 24: Tuck Creek
Sunday May 25: Veevers Drive

Submitting your Monitoring Data

Thank you to everyone who came out to our information seminar and/or training workshop! We had many new volunteers join the URBAN program this year, and we hope that everyone has a positive monitoring experience this spring.

At the end of the season after you have completed all your monitoring, mail your original data sheets to Bird Studies Canada (an envelope was provided in your training kit) by July 31st. If you would like to keep a copy for yourself, be sure to photocopy your data sheets before you mail the originals to BSC.

Additionally, you can enter your data in online (you still need to mail your original data sheets to BSC). Visit, register to create an account if you don’t already have one, and enter your data.

Spring Workshop 2014

It’s almost that time of year again, folks! Spring is just around the courner, which means the URBAN program will be hosting their annual Spring Training Workshop. URBAN is run through McMaster University and coordinates monitoring of frogs/toads and birds with the Marsh Monitoring Program (MMP) in local wetlands here in Hamilton. We also monitor water quality and benthic invertebrates in local streams in collaboration with the Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network (OBBN).

Getting involved is easy! The first step is to attend the workshop where you will learn important monitoring skills and be able to sign up to monitor a local wetland or stream either individually or as a group. We will also be presenting results collected by volunteers last year, as well as general ecological trends observed over the last four years of the program. If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer, or would like a refresher as well as learn what your volunteer efforts have contributed to the scientific community, please attend the workshop! Dates and details are listed below:

Date: Saturday March 29, 2014

Location: Hamilton Waterfront Trust (HWT) Centre, Theatre Room (47 Discovery Dr., Hamilton)

Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The workshop is free of charge and open to the public. Parking is available directly behind the centre. Please RSVP to if you are interested in attending the event.

We look forward to seeing you all at the workshop!

Spring Workshop 2014 for McMaster Students

We will be holding a special information seminar at McMaster University designed specifically for McMaster students. Students will be able to sign up to help monitor Hamilton streams, where they will learn to sample for water quality parameters and benthic invertebrates. This is a great opportunity for students to put what they have learned in lecture to use and get valuable field experience. Dates and details are listed below:

Date: Wednesday March 26, 2014

Location: McMaster University, BSB-136

Time: 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

The workshop is free of charge and open to all students in any program. Please RSVP to if you are interested in attending the event.

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop!

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URBAN is a citizen science monitoring program for the City of Hamilton, enabling you to experience and contribute to the preservation of wildlife and natural areas within and around the city.