BAM’s research projects contribute to the conservation and management of boreal birds in two ways: 1) by providing the best available information and 2) by advancing the theoretical foundations underpinning conservation and management within the boreal region. Explore our research projects below.
Reliable and accurate estimation of species’ population size, trend and distribution is important for informing status assessment, conservation planning and Species at Risk recovery actions. BAM is committed to developing approaches to estimate the density, distribution, and trends of boreal birds using heterogeneous datasets.
Decision makers require reliable information to develop risk assessments, recovery plans and successful conservation actions for species or populations of conservation concern. Explore how BAM’s research and the results of our Species at Risk Projects are being applied to conservation and management.
One of BAM’s primary goals is to inform large-scale, conservation planning efforts through the creation of spatially explicit avian density and distribution information and conservation planning tools. Explore BAM research projects related to conservation planning.
Understanding habitat selection is one of the keys to predicting species distributions and forecasting responses to environmental change. BAM is exploring the causes of differential habitat selection and then accounting for it in population estimation, distribution modelling, and ecological forecasting.
Primary threats to breeding boreal bird populations include climate change, natural disturbances, and land-use change. Land-use change encompasses agricultural land conversion, forest management, energy and mining sector activities, and transportation infrastructure. Explore BAM’s projects related to detecting and attributing land-use and climate change impacts.
The design and implementation of bird monitoring programs across the vast and largely remote boreal region is challenging. Traditional volunteer- and road-based approaches do not adequately sample all locations or habitat types, and are subject to various biases. In collaboration with our partners, BAM continues to develop methods and research to support boreal landbird monitoring. Explore these projects.