Seabird monitoring is the accumulation of time series data on any aspect of seabird distribution, abundance, demography, or behavior. The committee has active participation of seabird investigators from all 5 Pacific states, as well as Canada, Mexico, Russia, and Japan.
The Seabird Monitoring Committee was formed in 1992 to promote:
- a better coordinated program for monitoring Pacific seabirds;
- greater standardization of field methods;
- timely availability of results; and
- effective use of seabirds as indicators of local and large-scale change in the Pacific marine environment.
Currently, its major project is the development of a comprehensive database for seabird monitoring results from throughout the North Pacific. Though not yet available for general release, the Pacific Seabird Monitoring Database includes more than 11,000 observations, each representing an annual measure of some population parameter (e.g., numbers, productivity, survival, breeding chronology, or other) for a given species, location, and year. Those observations comprise about 1,800 time series spanning 1 to 37 years since studies were initiated. Some quantity of information is available on 54 species breeding in 190 locations. A draft version of the database is now undergoing review and error-checking by cooperators; wider distribution via the Internet is anticipated within 1-2 years. For further information contact Heather Renner or Robb Kaler.