In 1999, MacMillan-Bloedel Ltd adopted an adaptive management framework to address public and customer concerns over old-growth conservation and clearcutting (Bunnell et al. 2003). The framework is dependent on specific objectives that define goals for sustaining ecological values and allowing economic viability (Bunnell et al. 2003). One goal is to 'sustain biodiversity' (native species richness and its associated values), which for means of practicality requires some form of measuring success. With the concurrent development of a forest management framework that includes sustaining biodiversity, we established a bird monitoring program that uses the Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) method to relate species to broad forest habitat attributes, and to estimate long-term species trends. The BBS is also intended to monitor specific species that may serve as indicators of various biodiversity measures. A large percentage of BBS routes currently active on Vancouver Island were established in 1999 as part of a pilot project to determine preliminary concerns that might hinder or enhance the BBS data. Thereafter, additional routes were added to Vancouver Island, and new routes were established on the Sunshine Coast and the Queen Charlotte Islands. This report summarizes results from the 2006 survey season, and provides summary results of species richness, abundance, and diversity for all years (2000 ? 2006) by route and region.
prepared by Michael I. Preston and R. Wayne Campbell.
Preston, Michael I., Campbell, R. Wayne. 2007. A seven year summary of breeding bird surveys in Southwestern Coastal British Columbia with trend estimates from Block 2, Tree Farm License 39: progress report. Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program. Forest Investment Account Report. FIA2007MR096
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: Forest, Investment, Account, (FIA), Birds, Habitat, British, Columbia
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