Canada’s bird populations have been declining since the 1970’s. With nearly 50% of bird species in Canada experiencing population declines, conservation of these species requires information local, regional and international levels.
The main objective of this project is to conduct a bird monitoring and banding program at Vancouver Island University (VIU). Specifically, this project aims to:
- monitor migrant and resident birds to contribute to regional and continent-wide efforts to monitor changes in population levels of these species;
- provide practical educational and training opportunities for VIU students through regular courses, directed studies and research project opportunities; and,
- conduct public demonstrations where people of all ages can learn about bird identification, ecology, evolution and conservation.