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The Boreal Avian Modelling (BAM) Project was created to develop the best predictive bird-habitat models possible from existing data, with the goal of meeting immediate conservation needs and informing future research and monitoring efforts.

The results generated by the Boreal Avian Modelling Project are relevant to resource planners, managers, decision makers and others with an interest in the conservation of boreal birds, and the impact of human activity on the boreal forest ecosystem.

 

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The objectives of the Boreal Avian Modelling Project are to:

  1. ASSEMBLE, harmonize, archive, and maintain the most complete and current repository of spatially-referenced avian abundance data for boreal birds.
  2. DEVELOP or refine statistical methods to analyze these data, to:
    • PROVIDE reliable information on boreal bird distributions, abundances, trends, and habitat associations;
    • FORECAST population consequences of human activity and climate change;
    • CONTRIBUTE to conservation, management, and monitoring of boreal avifauna and their habitats.
  3. BUILD SUPPORT for avian conservation in academia, industry, governments, non-governmental organizations, and the public.
  4. FACILITATE further research efforts by generating testable hypotheses about key mechanisms driving boreal bird populations. 
  5. ENCOURAGE public awareness and support education.