Monitoring: Keeping a Finger on the Pulse of Bird Populations
Monitoring is an essential component of wildlife management and conservation science. Effective monitoring programs can identify species that are at-risk due to small or declining populations, provide an understanding of how management actions affect populations, evaluate population responses to landscape alteration and climate change, and provide basic information on species distributions. Given the alarming, large-scale declines of bird populations and the loss, fragmentation and degradation of native habitats, the need for rigorous bird monitoring programs is greater than ever.
At Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, our bird monitoring programs determine population status and trends for species at local and regional levels. Our primary programs are designed to obtain count-based data for diurnal breeding bird species using a randomized, spatially balanced sampling design. We also develop custom programs for specific species, including rare, colonial and non-breeding species, to collect distribution, abundance and trend information.
Click below to learn more about the Bird Conservancy’s monitoring programs.