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Monitoring and Reporting

Monitoring and reporting are essential to our understanding of the health of migratory bird populations. Monitoring data help with many conservation issues such as identifying birds of conservation concern, conserving species at risk, managing hunting regulations or assessing environmental contaminants.

Environment Canada supports many different bird surveys to monitor Canada’s birds, some of which are described on this website. Environment Canada also runs the Canadian bird-banding office which provides support to biologists banding birds to learn more about their ecology and conservation.

Results from these surveys are summarized on the individual survey pages and synthesized across surveys on the Status of Birds in Canada website to help inform the general public, conservation biologists, scientists and policy-makers. 

Status of Birds in Canada
The 2011 version of the Status of Birds in Canada web section presents an assessment of the current population status and trends for almost 400 species of birds that regularly breed in Canada.

Surveys
Read about some of the migratory bird surveys supported or run by Environment Canada, including the North American Breeding Bird Survey, National Harvest Survey, Northwest Territories / Nunavut Bird Checklist Survey and shorebird surveys; find results from those surveys; and learn how you can become involved.

Canadian Atlas of Bird Banding
The Canadian Atlas of Bird Banding presents a comprehensive summary of bird banding results including analysis of movement patterns for birds banded or recaptured in Canada.

Bird Banding Office
Learn the purpose and history of bird banding, how to report a marked bird, how to obtain data from the bird-banding program, and how to apply for a bird banding permit.