Enhancing the Great Lakes Marsh Monitoring Program to meet OEHJV and NAWMP priorities – Year 1 of 2 (2014-15)

Goals and Objectives

The purpose of this project is in in the short-term, is to develop a new sampling framework for the GLMMP that better reflects OEHJV and NAWMP priorities, and in the future, will allow OEHJV partners to evaluate and improve conservation and management for wetland dependent species.

By developing a randomized wetland sampling scheme, stratified by OEHJV priorities, the capacity of theGLMMP and subsequently the OEHJV to evaluate ongoing and future conservation and management actions for wetland-dependent bird species, particularly secretive marsh birds and migratory game birds, will be greatly strengthened. The potential for the project to provide better information for priority waterfowl species will also be explored. Lastly, the proposed project will also evaluate potential biases of the existing sampling framework and enhance previous trend analyses by considering habitat covariates, results which will be of direct importance to OEHJV partner activities and priorities.

The goals of this project are:

1) Develop a randomized wetland sampling strategy that meets OEHJV monitoring and evaluation needs as well as continental standards.

2) Determine path to implementation for new wetland sampling framework for 2015-16.

3) Deliver GLMMP via existing sampling framework

4) Enhance analysis of data reported in Tozer (2013).


Specific Habitat Products/Results Supported by WHC’s Contributions

Development of a randomized wetland sampling scheme for the GLMMP stratified according to OEHJV information and evaluation needs.

Benefits to Waterfowl, Wetland-Associated Species, and/or Other Wildlife

This project will assist in determining the number of each species (American Bittern, American Coot)in these locations.

Relevance to Habitat Planning, Decision Making and/or Management

The project will directly impact OEHJV wetland habitat conservation and management.


Project Location

This project focuses on the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence key priority area including much of Bird and Waterfowl Conservation Regions 13. The Lower Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Plain has experienced more significant impacts and the highest rates of wetland loss than any other region.

At a finer scale, the project area also overlaps with the DUC and NCC- priority areas identified in the IP. Further, the development of the new wetland sampling design will ensure that the project focuses on OEHJV priority areas and will include both coastal and inland wetlands.


Project Contact

For more information on this project, please contact Becky Stewart, Ontario Program Manager, Bird Studies Canada, Port Rowan, Ontario.