Canadian Wildlife Service
Project name: British Columbia Coastal Waterbird Survey
Goals : The BCCWS has the following specific objectives: to assess the annual changes and long-term trends in population size and distribution of coastal waterbirds in BC., to collect data that contribute to population estimates of coastal waterbird species in BC., and to advance our understanding of the ecology and the effects of human activity on coastal waterbirds in BC.
Status : Active
Year started : 1999
Years (comments) : ongoing
Season(s) and frequency : monthly with an emphasis from September to April
Frequency : Monthly
Geographic area covered : Coastal British Columbia
Type(s) of habitat : all coastal habitats
Primary species covered : waterbirds
Sampling Design : In populated areas, sites were set up by coordinator, but in remote, or uncovered areas, participants select their own sites
Field methods : Observers count all waterbirds, by species, at regular (2nd Sunday of each month) intervals at specfic locations so that coordinated information on distribution and migration over a broad area can be acquired. Surveys are conducted as close to high tide as possible, and in the same manner each time.
Data format : Data reported on survey forms. Computerized database maintained at Birds Canada office in CWS Pacific and Yukon Region Delta office.
Sample size : 322 sites - coverage varies year to year
Results : Scientific review of data in 2002, annual newsletter
Funding sources : Environment Canada, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, looking for other sources
Applications for the data : Used for deriving trends in waterbird populations and locating important staging areas
Users of the information : Waterbird research biologists, planners, resource managers
Environmental assessment : Yes; on the themes of coastal regions