Vision, Mission, Values and Objectives

The Boreal Avian Modelling Project (BAM) 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.

Conservation of North American boreal-breeding birds and their habitats is guided by rigorous, credible, and collaborative science. BAM believes that North American bird populations can be recovered and sustained through thoughtful actions based on data-driven science.

Our Strategic Approach

The results generated by BAM 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.

We pursue work in several complementary and interconnected Strategic Areas, described below, that we call Themes. They offer a transparent entry point for potential collaborators to recognize similar interests and relevant projects.

Boreal landbird monitoring design

Projects regarding survey methods and monitoring design, touching on topics such as point count surveys protocols, species detectability, automated recording unit protocols and standardization, sampling coverage, and model-based survey design.

Population status and trends

Generating research and products that facilitate the assessment of species’ populations, including: density and distribution estimates and maps, population size estimates, and trends.

Habitat requirements

Determining and describing the habitat needs of species, the mechanisms for habitat selection, and how habitat needs and selection vary across the boreal region.

Threats assessment

Quantifying the impacts of landscape change by human disturbances, including energy sector development, forest management, climate change, and the cumulative effects of these factors and natural disturbances. Regional extent of the work varies with the sector(s) of interest and many questions are explored at multiple spatial scales.

Conservation planning

Products and analyses that inform and evaluate prioritization of regions and protected areas design, including partnership with the Boreal Ecosystems Analysis for Conservation Planning (BEACONs) Project.

Species at risk conservation, recovery planning, and multi-species management

Developing scientific information and approaches to support species assessment and recovery, including products to assist with identification of critical habitat for species at risk.

Full annual cycle

Exploring possible impacts of non-breeding ground factors on boreal breeding bird populations.

Methodological development

Developing and adapting statistical approaches to address the ecological questions we wish to answer.

Communication & collaboration

We strive to make our research findings and products available for use by other parties in research, conservation, and management applications. We work with collaborators  to co-produce or inform such work.