Bird Studies Canada and CIER have worked with multiple First Nations in Manitoba to provide training to support the community's active participation in monitoring, collecting, and entering data about bird species at risk and other birds on their lands.
These projects are useful to First Nations for developing their own conservation and management strategies for these birds in the future. Training in biological data collection provided to community members assists First Nations with building skills to conduct environmental monitoring on their lands. Several of the bird studies have contributed vital information to the Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas, a province-wide database on birds.
Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas – First Nations Avian Monitoring Capacity Building: This project addressed the need for species at risk awareness, monitoring, and data-collection in Manitoba First Nations. The project goal was to build capacity in three Manitoba First Nation communities to monitor birds, focusing on species at risk, and to foster First Nations involvement and contribution to the Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas. This was accomplished through training workshops delivered by Bird Studies Canada and CIER staff held at each First Nation with youth, teachers, Elders, and other community members. The workshops, including field trips, focused on bird and habitat identification and data-collection methods following the protocols of the Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas. This project also built relationships for continued species at risk monitoring work between First Nations, an Aboriginal organization, and environmental monitoring experts.
Visit the Manitoba Breeding Bird Atlas to learn more.