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

Virginia Project

Bird population and species distribution modeling to understand causes of population declines

May 2022 - December 2025


Participating Agencies

  • Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources
  • US FWS

We use large datasets (Breeding Bird Atlases, eBird, Breeding Bird Survey) to estimate bird species' status and drivers of population decline. A current focal species is the Cerulean Warbler, and we are gathering existing datasets to build an integrated population model to understand demographic drivers of decline.

Presentations Presentation Date
Metz, E., and E.A. Hunter. Integrating existing demographic data to identify critical data gaps and estimate population dynamics of Cerulean Warblers (Setophaga cerulea). American Ornithological Society Annual meeting, Estes Park, Colorado, October 2024. October 2024