The Toolik Field Station Bird Monitoring Program was established in 2008 to monitor long term trends in arrival, departure, status and abundance of all birds breeding within the Toolik-centric region. Transects through the commonly occurring habitats were established and are to be monitored weekly from late May through early August. The overall protocol was adopted from the Alaska Landbird Monitoring Survey (Handel and Cady, 2004).
The point count locations are situated 500 m apart, ten minutes are spent at each point count location and all birds seen and heard are recorded. The number of points within each transect was determined based on the natural features of the landscape. The data collected from these transects will be used to determine status and abundance of birds that breed in the Toolik area. The monitoring program also captures arrival and departure dates for as many species as possible. The survey points are to be walked starting from the field station and moving away from the camp pad.
Point count routes at Toolik Lake. (click for larger image)
The EDC avian point count dataset is available for download. Click the button below to read and agree to the conditions of use before downloading the data.