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

Oregon Project

Developing Non-Invasive Methods to Monitor Burrow-nesting Seabird Populations

February 2014 - January 2017


Participating Agencies

  • Science Support Program (SSP)

We will develop, test, and validate multiple new, efficient, and minimally invasive techniques to monitor populations of a representative burrow-nesting seabird, Leach's Storm-petrel, and to generate and compare new indices to traditional methods of determining burrow occupancy. Specifically, we will use upward viewing remote cameras and acoustic recorders to generate indices of activity (abundance) within plots where concurrent traditional surveys of audio playback, burrow camera, and grubbing will also occur.