Announcement of the BAM Steering Committee

The Boreal Avian Modelling (BAM) Project is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to our Steering Committee, Diana Stralberg and Jeff Ball. Diana is a Climate Change Research Scientist with the Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada, with a research focus on forest resilience and refugia from climate change. She has been a BAM core team member from 2010 to 2020, and a Contributing Scientist for the last year. Jeff is the Head of the Terrestrial Unit with the Canadian Wildlife Service, Prairie Region, Environment and Climate Change Canada, overseeing federal non-game migratory bird programs in the three prairie provinces. Jeff has been a BAM Contributing Scientist since 2017. We are excited to welcome Diana and Jeff to the Steering Committee and to channel their talents and expertise into leading and guiding BAM’s activities.

At the same time, we will be saying farewell to Fiona Schmiegelow and Samantha Song who will be transitioning out as Steering Committee members this year.  We wish to express our deep appreciation to Fiona and Samantha who not only co-founded BAM, but also contributed years of leadership, support and innovation to BAM. Fiona and Samantha will continue to be involved with BAM in the future and to support us in different capacities. We thank them sincerely for their invaluable contributions to BAM and we look forward to our continued collaboration with them.

Remaining on our Steering Committee are Erin Bayne and Steve Cumming. We thank them for their continued and steadfast leadership. We look forward to working with our new Steering Committee, the BAM Team and our partners in the years ahead.

Two postdoctoral fellows in forest landscapes and bird modelling

The Boreal Avian Modelling Project (BAM) seeks two Postdoctoral Fellows to join the Cumming lab at Université Laval, Québec City, in collaboration with J.A. Tremblay of Environment and Climate Change Canada. BAM is a highly collaborative, long-term, national research project supporting the conservation and management of boreal breeding birds in North America. Positions are offered for one year, with the possibility of three years, conditional on performance and funding.

The successful applicants will be instrumental to new initiatives in population assessment and avian conservation planning for eastern Canada.  Position 1 will develop species-specific habitat models for forest bird species that are sensitive to regional variation in habitat selection (e.g. Crosby et al. (2019) and Adde et al. (2020)) and to the factors addressed by Position 2, who will apply spatial simulation models to forecast species responses to forest management, anthropogenic disturbance, and climatic change (e.g., Cadieux et al. 2020; Micheletti et al. 2021). One or both of these positions  will also apply spatial prioritization methods to support conservation planning (e.g., Stralberg et al. 2018). This work will be integrated with BAM’s efforts to produce broad-scale avian density models. Both postdocs will lead the writing of manuscripts and represent the project at meetings from local to international, and to diverse research partners. 

Applicants must hold a recent PhD. Essential qualifications include strong quantitative skills coupled with an interest in avian ecology and conservation in general, independent of disciplinary background. Significant experience with advanced statistical or computational methodologies will be an asset, as will past field experience in boreal systems and in multidisciplinary collaborations. Proficiency in French and English, both  written and spoken, is preferred. 

Positions will ideally begin by January 10, 2022. Location of tenure is negotiable given current circumstances. Relocation expenses to Québec may be covered for qualified applicants.  These are lab-based positions, but some field work may be needed or can be arranged. Annual salaries are $55,000-$60,000, with additional funds to cover expenses for software, project travel, scientific conferences (virtual or in-person attendance), and publications. BAM and Université Laval are committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply. 

To Apply: 

Please provide a letter of interest, CV, an example of your scientific writing, and a list of three referees. In your letter, state HOW you meet the qualifications, WHEN is your earliest availability and WHICH (or both) of the positions you are applying for. Apply by email to with the subject heading “Postdoctoral Fellow in Eastern Forest and Bird Modelling”. Applications will be accepted from 15.10.2021 until the positions are filled.


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New Publication: Response of birds to the effects of caribou conservation, harvest, fire, and energy-sector impacts

New Publication: Quantifying long-term bird population to responds to the effects of caribou (Rangifer tarandus) conservation, harvest, fire, and energy-sector development in Alberta.

As interest in caribou conservation continues to increase, there is growing interest in understanding potential trade-offs or co-benefits with other species. This new paper, led by Lionel Leston investigated how boreal birds will respond to the cumulative effects of caribou conservation, harvest, fire, and energy-sector development in Alberta. The results demonstrate that caribou-centric forestry plans have minor co-benefits for avian species in Alberta. Read more...


Leston, L., Bayne, E., Dzus, E., Sólymos, P., Moore, T., Andison, D., Cheyne, D., Carlson, M., 2020. Quantifying Long-Term Bird Population Responses to Simulated Harvest Plans and Cumulative Effects of Disturbance. Front Ecol Evol. 8, 252.

Opportunities for conservation of and habitat management for the Canada Warbler in the Atlantic Northern Forest of Canada

Opportunities for conservation of and habitat management for the Canada Warbler in the Atlantic Northern Forest of Canada

Project Summary

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 and established priority areas for conservation and management in the Atlantic Northern Forest of Canada. These guidelines and maps 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.

Contact us for more information about this project.


Data Products

Maps and spatial data

Codes for spatial models


Westwood, A.R., Lambert, J.D., Reitsma, L.R., Stralberg, D., 2020. Prioritizing Areas for Land Conservation and Forest Management Planning for the Threatened Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis) in the Atlantic Northern Forest of Canada. Diversity 12, 61.

Westwood, A.R., Harding, C., Reitsma, L. and Lambert, D. (2017), Guidelines for Managing Canada Warbler Habitat in the Atlantic Northern Forest of Canada, Technical Report, High Branch Conservation Services, Hartland, VT, USA, available at:

Westwood, A.R., Reitsma, L. and Lambert, D. (2017), Prioritizing Areas for Canada Warbler Conservation and Management in the Atlantic Northern Forest of Canada, Technical Report, High Branch Conservation Services, Hartland, VT, USA, available at: