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

Spring Training Workshop 2012

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 be taught important monitoring skills and be able to sign-up to monitor a local stream or wetland either on your own or as a group. If you are interested in getting involved as a volunteer, the workshop will be held on Saturday March 31, 2012 from 1-4pm at McMaster University in the Burke Sciences Building room 108. It will be free of charge and open to the public.

For more information on how to get to the campus and find the Burke Sciences Building please  As a part of the workshop, we will be going for a hike down to Cootes Paradise Marsh through a forest so please bring appropriate footwear (rubber boots are recommended).  Parking is unfortunately expensive on campus even on weekends ( so we recommend walking, cycling, or taking public transit to campus, or parking off campus (on King St., Sterling St., or across Main St. from the hospital), and walking in, but make sure you check the parking signs carefully.

Please register by emailing 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.