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Taking the Pulse of the Western Sandpiper Migration

Welcome to the BC Shorebird Survey Project webpage.

The project has now completed its surveys. Results to be published shortly.

The project is a collaboration between Bird Studies Canada and the Centre for Wildlife Ecology at Simon Fraser University. Initiated in 2013, the project's goal was to use citizen-scientists to create an indicator of population status that can be used to quickly identify species or populations of concern. Our team of dedicated and skilled surveyors completed 5 years of surveys at over 35 sites across the Salish Sea and Tofino region. Surveyors conducted two hour standardized surveys in both the adult and juvenile migrations. Preliminary results highlight the importance of the Fraser River Delta to migrating sandpipers, and that many other sites are also used from time to time. Surveys are now completed and final results will be presented in the next few months.

If you are interested in participating on one of Bird Studies Canada other citizen science projects visit their website for more information.

You can explore the preliminary data here.