Birds serve as an important indicator of environmental change. As humans influence nature – and the effects of climate change become more pressing – declines in bird populations act as a “canary in the coal mine” for detecting negative impacts on the environment.
To better understand bird population trends and identify the needs of common species and those of conservation concern, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies conducts scientifically rigorous monitoring and research. What the Bird Conservancy learns through science contributes to the big picture for bird and habitat conservation and informs management decisions.
Data gathered by the Bird Conservancy and partners are used to create tools, such as maps, manuals and web-based applications like the Rocky Mountain Avian Data Center.