Coastal Bird Monitoring in Northeast Temperate Network Parks

A group of volunteers walk along a stone-strewn beach in search of coastal bird nests.
 
coastal bird brief
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Overview

Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area includes 34 islands and peninsulas situated within the Greater Boston shoreline. In 2002, it was designated as a Massachusetts Important Bird Area (IBA) because it provides habitat for a significant number of colonial-nesting waterbirds, including Least Terns and Common Terns, which are both listed as species of special concern in the State of Massachusetts. The Islands also provide habitat for breeding wading birds like Snowy Egrets and Black-crowned Night-Herons which are, respectively, species of high and moderate continental conservation concern. American Oystercatchers, a high priority shorebird species with high conservation concern in the U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan, are recolonizing their historic range northward into Massachusetts and now have a substantial breeding population in the Islands. In addition, common eider, cormorants, several other wading and shorebird species, and gulls regularly nest on the Islands.

Through an excellent partnership with park staff, a local conservation biologist uses volunteers to annually monitor populations of colonial-nesting waterbirds that utilize this unique network of islands. Specifically, the goals of the monitoring program are to improve understanding of breeding waterbird – habitat relationships in the Islands and the effects of habitat changes and management actions (such as invasive plant control, predator control, or visitor restrictions) on waterbird species composition and abundance.

This program not only enhances our regional knowledge of factors affecting waterbird populations to ultimately support their long term conservation, but also encourages community involvement in park management and monitoring.

Northeast Temperate Network Coastal Bird Monitoring Materials

Click on the links below to view protocols, reports, briefs, and other materials
 
 

Protocols

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1093. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

 

Reports

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1095. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

 

Data Products

Source: Data Store Saved Search 2278. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

 

Volunteer Materials

Source: Data Store Saved Search 1455. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

 

Briefs

Source: Data Store Saved Search 2279. To search for additional information, visit the Data Store.

 

Coastal Bird Monitoring Map

 
 

Staff Contacts for Coastal Bird Monitoring

Program Manager: Aaron Weed
Data Manager: Adam Kozlowski
Project Lead Scientist: Carol Trocki, 401-952-2937, cltrocki@gmail.com

Last updated: June 1, 2018