Session Title

Session Description: Shorebird Monitoring in the Salish Sea

Session Description

Session Co-Chairs: Todd Hass (Puget Sound Partnership), Trina Bayard (Audubon Washington) and David Hope (Simon Fraser University)

Estuarine bird monitoring in the Salish Sea: prospects for launching a shared, scalable and integrative currency of habitat value from hectare to hemisphere.

Bayard (Audubon Washington) and co-authors summarized a recent evaluation of bird monitoring efforts associated with the largest estuary restoration projects in Puget Sound over the past two decades which revealed that no systematic approaches or common monitoring goals for birds have been identified—let alone adopted. By contrast, the effectiveness of estuarine restoration projects for salmon recovery can often be measured and assessed by the number of additional salmon smolts they produce. Although many qualitative ecological benefits of tidal marshes and mudflats have been described for waterbirds and shorebirds, there are scant data sources in Puget Sound that can be rolled up—quantitatively at the meso- or macro-scale—to provide regional population or habitat information that can inform conservation and management.

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Bird monitoring, Puget Sound, Estuary restoration

Conference Track

SSE4: Ecosystem Management, Policy, and Protection

Conference Name

Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference (2018 : Seattle, Wash.)

Document Type


SSEC Identifier

SSE4: Session Description

Start Date

4-4-2018 3:30 PM

End Date

4-4-2018 5:00 PM

Type of Presentation



proceedings (reports)

Contributing Repository

Digital content made available by University Archives, Heritage Resources, Western Libraries, Western Washington University.

Subjects – Topical (LCSH)

Shore birds--Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.); Birds--Habitat--Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)

Geographic Coverage

Salish Sea (B.C. and Wash.)


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Apr 4th, 3:30 PM Apr 4th, 5:00 PM

Shorebird Monitoring in the Salish Sea