What can we do with a single survey?

August 04, 2015 Talks poster single visit detect R

We presented a poster at the ICCB/ECCB 2015 congress in Montpellier, France, that summarized our research on single visit methodology.

We showed that if information on habitat covariates that affect occupancy/abundance and detection are collected, then one can estimate detection probability as well as occupancy/abundance parameters.

Check out the reprints and the poster made with Scribus:

Organizers wanted the poster sessions to be interactive. But posters are hung up much longer than the actual poster session. What can be done to make posters interactive in the absence of a presenter? This gave the idea to mimic a blog post, both in style and in structure. I added space for comments and created a mini poll, left out a marker on a string, and waited for the results.

Survey responses were mostly positive, which is good. But the best of all was a cute little girl who was thrilled at the notion of drawing onto the poster. Thanks for the feedback!

Poster comments

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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