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

Thank You for a Great 2013 Sampling Season!

Thanks to all the volunteers who came out to sample stream and marshes this season! We surveyed 7 streams this year with the dedicated help of our volunteers who were not afraid to get their feet wet.  All the Marsh Monitoring Program bird and amphibian surveyors should be done now and submitting their data to the Marsh Monitoring Program.  I hope all the wetland surveys went well and please send pictures of you conducting field work to or tweet us about your experiences @urbanmonitoring

Hope to see you next year!

Spring Workshop 2013

Spring has arrived and that means it’s time for the URBAN program to hold its Spring Training Workshop. URBAN is run through McMaster University and it coordinates monitoring of frogs/toads and birds in marshes with the Marsh Monitoring Program and coordinates stream monitoring with the Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network.

It is really easy to get involved and 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 stream or wetland either on your own or as a group. This will be more than just a workshop as we will be presenting the results collected from last year. If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer, or would like a refresher, the workshop will be held on Saturday March 30, 2013 from 1-4pm at Hamilton Waterfront Trust (HWT) Centre in the theatre room on Discovery Drive. It will be free of charge and open to the public. The address of the centre is 57 Discovery Drive, Hamilton. Parking is available directly behind the centre or conversely, you can walk, cycle, or take public transit.

Interested but can’t attend? We will also be holding a special information seminar on Tuesday, March 26th from 7-8 pm at McMaster University, designed specifically for McMaster students in BSB-138.

Please RSVP to if you are interested in attending either event as space is limited.

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.