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Waterbird Monitoring Manual

For a continent-wide monitoring program to succeed it is essential that methods be developed and agreed upon that are consistent and comparable. The North American Waterbird Conservation Plan calls for development of a set of standardized waterbird monitoring methods to be developed for both population and habitat at multiple geographic and temporal scales, As part of the conservation plan, a manual of recommended standardized breeding season population monitoring methodologies has been produced for use by resource agencies and NGOs, and will be updated as methods are further improved and tested (see below for link). The purpose of the monitoring manual is to provide guidance to individuals developing new waterbird monitoring programs, or interested in improving data comparability.

To view the "Breeding Season Population Census Techniques for Seabirds and Colonial Waterbirds Throughout North America" document, you need the Adobe Acrobatİ Reader installed on your computer. A free copy of the Acrobatİ may be downloaded from the Adobe Website.

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