Bird data is the foundation of BAM’s success.
We have worked with data partners from across North America to build a database with millions of bird records from human point counts.
The BAM database and the research it supports are key elements that inform conservation planning and decision making for a range of public and private policies. BAM is a 16-year-old project that has integrated data from >180 avian point-count studies encompassing >300,000 point-count surveys. We have developed methods to harmonize these disparate datasets to account for differences in survey methodologies and species detectability. This database has allowed BAM and our collaborators to answer questions about boreal birds and inform avian conservation at scales that none of us could do alone.
Data discovery and download is available on the WildTrax platform under the point count sensor.
BAM believes that enhanced data sharing will facilitate collaborative science and accelerate avian conservation and research. BAM’s open access data will soon be hosted on WildTrax.
We are a founding member of the Canadian Network for Open Avian Data (C-NOAD). We share a common vision that reliable and comprehensive avian data are openly available to support conservation and decision-making in Canada. While not all of the data that has been shared with us can be made publicly available, we are working with data partners to make data as accessible as possible.
DATA HARMONIZATION METHODS AND ANALYSIS
We have developed specialized statistical approaches to harmonize disparate datasets by correcting for survey methodology and species detectability to estimate density—learn more.