Cumulative effects of Oil Sands development on songbirds

May 05, 2015 Etc JOSM birds video report

Habitat associations and responses to human footprint were quantified for several breeding bird species as part of a collaborative modeling effort that synthesized the available information in Alberta.

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Statistical computing meets biodiversity conservation and natural resource management

How many birds are out there?

In a recent paper entitled “Lessons learned from comparing spatially explicit models and the Partners in Flight approach to estimate population sizes of boreal birds in Alberta, Canada” we developed improved, spatially explicit models for 81 land bird species in northern Alberta, Canada. We then compared these estimates of bird abundance to a commonly-used but non-spatially explicit estimate by Partners in Flight (PIF v 3.0) that’s based on the North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) data set. The publication is a result of years of collaboration between the ABMI, Boreal Avian Modelling (BAM) project, Canadian Wildlife Service (Environment and Climate Change Canada), and United States Geological Survey.

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