Science and Monitoring
The goal of the EHJV Science and Monitoring Program is to continually work to improve the impact of investments in conservation actions. As with all EHJV efforts, sound science and a partnership approach are at the core of planning, implementation and evaluation.
Specifically, EHJV partners work to maintain high-quality wetland and upland habitats that sustain healthy and abundant populations of waterfowl and other birds. This is accomplished by understanding the habitats and environmental conditions needed to bolster target populations. By connecting habitat conditions (e.g., wetland abundance, land/water use, habitat quality and conservation actions) to bird population trends (e.g., recruitment, mortality and population growth rates), and by incorporating other environmental and landscape changes affecting birds into planning, biologists can determine the best use of conservation resources and actions.
To date, planning activities have focused on:
- modelling the relationship between land-cover data and waterfowl survey data at the Bird Conservation Region level
- gaining a better understanding of the relationship between waterfowl populations and their habitats
- collaborating with the Black Duck Joint Venture and the Sea Duck Joint Venture on species-habitat linkages
- investigating climate change effects on EHJV priority habitats and species and their habitats
- developing a strategic plan that will help guide future EHJV policy and conservation actions.