Ontario Forest Bird Monitoring Program
Photo: Mark Peck
Welcome to the Ontario Forest Bird Monitoring Program (FBMP) data entry homepage. From here, FBMP volunteers can enter data collected during their surveys, review the FBMP protocol, and other resources that will make surveying easy. This is an exciting new platform for the program that is intended to make data entry quick and simple.
The FBMP relies heavily on volunteers and landowners to collect data. If you are interested in setting up a new survey site or take over an existing site please contact the Ontario Forest Birds Program Coordinator.
FBMP has been in implementation since 1987. Since its beginning 250 participants have surveyed nearly 400 sites and recorded close to 200 species. The main objective of FBMP is to evaluate trends in interior forest bird abundance to balance other bird survey methods taken from the roadside which are ineffective for evaluating trends of interior forest bird species. FBMP uses the Point Count method in its surveys, which is based on the I.P.A or ‘Indice Ponctuel d’Abondance’ technique developed by Jacques Blondel and his colleagues in France. The method is now used extensively in Europe and North America with good success. Our procedure is a modified version tailored to the needs of a monitoring program and gives good estimates of trend and habitat associations. The FBMP was transitioned to Birds Canada in 2020 from the Ontario Division of Environment & Climate Change Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS).
The primary focus of FBMP is to survey birds in large forests. In 1994, the FBMP expanded to include some smaller forests, although these are generally large enough to accommodate at least three point count stations. Each forest is termed a site, and each large site contains five point count stations. Point count stations are a minimum of 100m from the forest edge and at least 250m apart.