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The Boreal Avian Modelling (BAM) Project was developed to improve understanding of the ecology of:

  • boreal birds and their habitats; and
  • the impacts on populations from industrial development and climate change in the boreal forest.

BAM is built on the foundation of boreal bird data that have been collated from existing inventory, monitoring and research projects and generously provided by scientists from across Canada and USA. Collectively, these data form a large, powerful database, which combined with biophysical data, provides the basis to answer questions regarding the life history of birds, their habitats and their response to changes in their environment. BAM is working to develop rigorous analytical model-based approaches to support the conservation of the boreal forest region and the bird populations and communities that depend upon it.

BAM models have a myriad of applications: they allow us to draw relationships between birds and their environment (e.g. vegetation, climate, disturbance) from regional to national scales, to predict their response to changes through time and across geographic areas, to explain population trends, to determine which habitats are important and why, to design monitoring efficiently and effectively, to assess how management decisions made now may affect birds in the future...just to name a few.

The BAM Project relies on, and is deeply grateful for, the contributions of time, energy, data, ideas, and funding from our many partners, whose generosity and cooperation make this project successful. Numerous individuals and institutions have contributed their bird survey and habitat and climate data to our collective effort, from studies spanning the boreal region of North America. The resulting databases of bird locations and abundances, and biophysical information (including forest management information) represent a rich resource for avian research, monitoring and conservation.