Coastal Breeding Bird Monitoring on the Boston Harbor Islands
Delivered at the 2011 Boston Harbor Islands Science Symposium
Gaining insight into the long-term trends of coastal breeding birds provides one measure for assessing the ecological integrity and sustainability of this unique coastal system. A long-term monitoring protocol for coastal breeding birds was developed for the park beginning in 2007. The objectives of this protocol are to:
A crew of outstanding volunteers have assisted the lead scientist in conducting waterbird surveys in the park each year since 2007. Survey methods continue to be refined over time and the protocol is updated annually. The use of volunteers to implement this program offers an opportunity for the community to be involved in ongoing research efforts on the islands. This presentation covers results from the first four years of protocol implementation.
Did You Know?
Scientists have recently identified a beach-dwelling ground beetle at Boston Harbor Islands that has not been seen in North America for over 100 years. It is believed the beetle, Bembmidion nigropiceum, was brought to Boston from Europe in the 1800s via ship ballasts.