Monitoring Status and Trends
It is important to understand the status and trends
of bird populations at Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas in Canada.
If bird populations decline over time, this is a good
indicator that the environments they depend upon are
becoming less healthy or supportive. Bird monitoring
programs are designed to provide reliable and accurate
information about bird populations as they change over
time. This information is required to identify Important
Bird Areas, and to conserve birds and critical habitats
at IBAs into the future.
Bird Studies Canada collaborates with conservation
partners to deliver a wide variety of international,
national, and regional
bird monitoring programs. In almost all cases,
volunteers are key contributors of bird population
information – you can even participate from your own
Specific protocols for monitoring birds at IBAs are
in development and will leverage and adapt existing
monitoring programs that are directly relevant to the
IBA Program. Since these programs were developed for
broader uses, they are all the more valuable for
tracking changes in bird populations, and for
re-connecting people with nature.
Networks are active in many regions of Canada and will allow us to
start reporting on the status and trends of sites
nationwide. Working alongside experts, this network of
volunteers will conduct IBA assessments and help keep
information about the status of our IBAs current.