Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Maine
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Maine Project

BCG Model for Upper Tana Watershed Kenya

June 2022 - December 2026


Participating Agencies

  • The Nature Conservancy

Despite relatively wide adoption, developing and monitoring indices from commonly used aquatic macroinvertebrates, fish, and algae to assess watershed integrity may be expensive and time-consuming. The popularity and relative ease of birding, and the recent increases in community surveys associated with birds, suggest that they may provide a promising alternative. However, additional research is needed to assess the application of community survey data on birds to inform watershed bioassessments. This novel project seeks to explore the potential of using community bird surveys to assess watershed condition for a watershed in Kenya.

Presentations Presentation Date
Njuguna, E. Murphy, C.A., Loftin, C., Hunter, M., McGill, B., Courtemanch, D., Njoroge, P. 2024. Bridging community science and standardized bird-based biotic indices to advance watershed monitoring. Presentation to Society for Freshwater Science Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA. June 2024