Arctic Avian Monitoring Network

Updated 2012-08-28

The main objective of the Arctic Avian Monitoring Network is to characterize the occurrence of birds in the Arctic to support regulatory responsibilities and conservation of birds and the biodiversity on which they depend. Temporal and spatial changes can be used to indicate changes in ecosystems that might otherwise be difficult to detect (e.g. marine areas) and can also be used to model predicted changes due to human activity. Main gaps: Large gaps both spatially and temporally. Many datasets cover short periods. Some species groups not well covered (e.g. landbirds and shorebirds) Network type: Network consists of programs divided into three species themes that combine common aspects of biology and human use: Waterfowl: e.g. ducks geese and swans • centered on aerial surveys of high density breeding areas and following non-breeding birds using satellite telemetry Seabirds: e.g. gulls, terns and auks • centered on surveys at breeding colonies and of birds at sea (either by direct observation or through the use of data loggers) Shorebirds: e.g. sandpipers, plovers and phalaropes • focused on broad-scale, stratified sampling of terrestrial areas and aerial surveys of non-marine habitats

Time frame

Project time span
1920 -
Data collection
1920 -
Data processing
1920 -
Data reporting
1920 -

Contact information

Contact person
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Garry Donaldson

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Media sampled/studied/modelled
Human media
Seawater/suspended particulate matter


Regions studied

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Procedures and methodology used for, e.g., sampling and sample storage, sample pretreatment, extraction and analysis, including which laboratories are involved, references to methods employed, etc.

avian biodiversity occurrence, demography, and key habitat parameters that may influence bird use of an area.

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

[Not specified] Networks: African-Eurasian Waterbird Agreement (Africa-Eurasian waterbirds), CAFF Seabird working group (CAFF seabirds), Program for Regional and International Shorebird Monitoring (PRISM) (PRISM)

Indigenous AND traditional knowledge used in this project

[Not specified]

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