I was invited to represent ABMI at the Multi-taxa Monitoring in North America symposium, North American Congress for Conservation Biology, Madison, Wisconsin, July 18, 2016. The symposium was organized by Michael Lucid (Idaho Department of Fish and Game). It was great to see all the good work happening in North America, and the commitment to push the agenda of multi-taxa monitoring against critics and scarce funding (of course Alberta ‘has all the oil money’).
I was also busy with the pre-congress course on Hierarchical models with Subhash Lele, and the post-congress workshop on Integrating Science, Management, and Policy to Conserve North American Boreal Birds organized by Marcel Darveau, Steve Cumming, and Nicole Barker. Cheese-curds, good company, fine dining, cool beer, and lots of conservation science. What else to wish for?
Here are my slides from the multi-taxa monitoring symposium:
In a paper recently published in the Condor, titled Evaluating time-removal models for estimating availability of boreal birds during point-count surveys: sample size requirements and model complexity, we assessed different ways of controlling for point-count duration in bird counts using data from the Boreal Avian Modelling Project. As the title indicates, the paper describes a cost-benefit analysis to make recommendations about when to use different types of the removal model. The paper is open access, so feel free to read the whole paper here.
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