Olive Sided Flycatcher
BAM worked with the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) and the North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) to improve our understanding of how managing wildlife habitat and human footprint affects the abundance of various landbird species. The 2012 ABMI report "The Status of landbirds in Alberta's Boreal Plains Ecozone" highlights BAM's analyses of the Olive Sided Flycatcher, a neotropical migrant federally listed as Threatened under Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act, showing how the species responds to human footprint and habitat type, and predicting the habitat suitability across the province.
Canada Warbler - Suitable Habitat
In partnership with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development and Environment Canada's Habitat Stewardship Program, BAM has conducted field monitoring and developed bird-habitat models aimed at identifying suitable habitats for Canada Warbler, and to identify priority locations for habitat conservation and/or mitigation of habitat loss. Models using existing data were used to predict field locations for monitoring; these monitoring results were then used to improve the habitat models. Preliminary results show a strong preference for old growth deciduous forests, with wetness and topography indicating that habitats along streams were particularly suitable. The models are currently being used to identify areas for protection as well as to provide policy recommendations for forestry policies related to riparian management.
Opportunities for conservation of and habitat management for the Canada Warbler in the Atlantic Northern Forest of Canada
Two important steps for Canada Warbler conservation and management are identifying what habitat is important for the species, and how to appropriately manage it. A partnership between Environment and Climate Change Canada and High Branch Conservation Services, with support from Nature Canada, the Boreal Avian Modelling Project and the Canada Warbler International Conservation Initiative, developed habitat management guidelines for this species in the Atlantic Northern Forest of Canada (U.S. guidelines are available in English only, here). These guidelines are designed to help managers engage in forestry activities so as to minimize their impact on Canada Warbler habitat, and ensure a future supply of habitat is available. The full report and the 2-page field guide summary are available in both English and French.