Project:

James Bay Shorebirds (#38)
Short name: JamesBay
Short description: Multi-agency shorebird monitoring on the western coast of James Bay.
Description: Collaborative monitoring and research on shorebirds is being conducted by the Royal Ontario Museum, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Bird Studies Canada, Trent University, and the Canadian Wildlife Service and in conjunction with a larger conservation initiative involving James Bay First Nations and Nature Canada. Although the monitoring and research project will focus on shorebirds, the partner agencies will conduct related work on other migratory birds, other wildlife, and habitats on the James Bay coast.
Project Goals:
-To improve indices of abundance that may be used to monitor trends in shorebird populations staging along the western James Bay coast;
-To improve our understanding of spatial and temporal patterns of habitat/resource use and potential causes for their variation;
-To improve identification of important shorebird staging habitats based on recent shorebird research and traditional ecological knowledge;
-To recommend protection of habitat, and nomination of WHSRN site(s) for western James Bay if supported by the data and required; and
-Further, to gain information on the migration and staging ecology of the Red Knot leading to protection of habitat from damage and destruction under the provincial Endangered Species Act.

Annual Objectives:
-Quantify use of known Red Knot foraging and roosting locations;
-Use known staging area data to predict other staging areas along the James Bay coast and determine their use by shorebirds;
-Estimate the numbers and monitor temporal patterns of southbound migration of all shorebird species, including phenology of adults and juveniles;
-Identify and where possible delineate foraging areas and roosts used by staging shorebirds ;
-Estimate annual variation in indices of abundance of staging shorebirds;
-Determine habitat use by shorebirds at the project survey sites; and
-Identify and record marked individuals (e.g., nanotags, leg flags and alphanumeric codes).
Project contact: Christian Friis, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Researchers: Alexandra Anderson
Ariel Lenske
Christian Friis, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Jamie McLaren
Pam Loring, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Paul Smith
Ross Wood, Bird Studies Canada
Sjoerd Duijns
Receivers: 6 (table)
Tags: 777 (table)
Species: 246 Semipalmated Sandpiper
194 White-rumped Sandpiper
108 Red Knot
68 Semipalmated Plover
65 Least Sandpiper
47 Pectoral Sandpiper
22 Dunlin
12 Lesser Yellowlegs
4 Ruddy Turnstone
2 Sanderling
1 Red-necked Phalarope
Creation date: 2014-01-01 00:00:00 UTC
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