Continental to Regional Perspectives: The BAM datasets encompass the full geographic scope of the Canadian boreal forest, and are being expanded to include boreal Alaska and the hemiboreal region of North America. Models based on the continental avian dataset and corresponding biophysical data are useful for understanding the broad scale patterns and processes affecting avian populations. For example, we can define species' ranges and populations, make predictions about impacts of land use activities at the national or continental scale, and compare habitat use by a particular species in different locations across its range in the boreal forest region.
BAM also undertakes analyses at regional scales. A regional-scale focus allows us to incorporate more detailed biophysical data into modelling efforts and identify regionally-specific relationships between birds and their environment. This in turn is valuable for predicting the response of bird populations to industrial development, land-use planning and regional-scale conservation efforts.