CMMN Daily Estimated Totals: Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

Inglewood Bird Sanctuary

Project name: Canadian Migration Monitoring Network

Goals : To generate counts of migrating birds for use in long-term population monitoring, especially landbird species or sub-populations not monitored well by current breeding or winter surveys; To carry out cooperative research projects on the ecology of migrating birds.

Dataset summary : This dataset contains daily estimated totals (DET) from the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. DET is a standard protocol used by Canadian Migration Monitoring Network stations to estimate the total number of individuals of each species occurring at a site during migration.

Status : Active

Year started : 1992

Years (comments) : CMMN was launched in 1998 as an ongoing monitoring program. The first migration monitoring station in North America was LPBO, started in 1960. Inglewood Bird Observatory was established in 1992 and standard migration monitoring began in 1995.

Season(s) and frequency : Spring Monitoring runs from May 1st until June 6th and Fall coverage runs July 28 to October 7th.

Geographic area covered : Located within Calgary, Alberta (51.0241, -114.01012)

Type(s) of habitat : The count area consists of Woodland, Standing water (pond, lake), and Moving water (brook, stream, river).

Primary species covered : Migratory landbirds.

Sampling Design : Standardized captures used to derive daily estimated total throughout migration window.

Field methods : Standardized captures. The station runs 12 mist nets and records casual observations.

Data format : Data-entry program produces .dbf files. Archival copy of data for most stations is maintained at Birds Canada.

Sample size : 16 full member station operating 21 migration stations. Several pilot stations.

Results : Annual Technical Reports, trend analysis posted on Calgary Bird Banding Society website.

Trends and time series availability : Trends for 1995 – current available on both Calgary Bird Banding Society and BC websites.

Funding sources : Varied.

Applications for the data : Trend information feeds into integrated population approach and is also used for planning and environmental assessment purposes.

Users of the information : Conservation managers and regulators, research biologists