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.
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.