Projects & Research
Avian Monitoring Projects
Migration Monitoring (1994)
In an effort to monitor and better understand landbird populations in North America, as well as contribute to conservation efforts through public education, the Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS) partnered with Bird Studies Canada (BSC) and multiple independent bird banding stations to form the Canadian Migration Monitoring Network (CMMN) in 1998 (Crewe et al. 2008).
The Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) program is managed by the Institute for Bird Populations in California to assess and monitor the vital rates and population dynamics of North American landbirds.
In March 2016 RPBO embarked on a seawatch program. This long term and year-round program aims to monitor waterbird moving and staging in Juan de Fuca Strait off southern Vancouver Island to fill a significant gap in regional bird monitoring programs.
Nocturnal Owl Monitoring Project (2002)
The Northern Saw-whet Owl (Aegolius acadicus) is a small, migratory raptor which has been monitored extensively in Eastern North America since the 1950s. However, little has been known about the Western population of these owls.
We are a science-based project dedicated to the conservation of hummingbird populations and their habitats throughout BC.
Motus is the world's largest collaborative automated radio telemetry array, using receivers that automatically record signals from radio transmitters. The Motus Wildlife Tracking System provides an excellent opportunity to study migration and habitat use by Northern Saw-whet Owls.
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Reports & Papers
View yearly Reports for all of our Monitoring Programs and read papers published using our research data.