A creative story map showcasing the Alaska Landbird Monitoring Survey (ALMS) has recently been developed by the Alaska Migratory Bird Management of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This highly collaborative monitoring program was created by the USGS Alaska Science Center in cooperation with Boreal Partners in Flight to monitor breeding bird populations across the vast roadless area of Alaska.
Alaska provides breeding habitat for 142 species of landbirds, half of which breed predominantly north of the U.S.-Canada border. Recent studies have documented staggering population declines among birds breeding in boreal forests and Arctic biomes of North America. The primary objectives of ALMS are to monitor long-term population trends, estimate abundance relative to habitat type, and model distribution in remote areas across Alaska with the ultimate goal of facilitating the management and conservation of these critical populations. ALMS is now being implemented on federal, state, and local public lands across the state, including Alaska's many National Wildlife Refuges. The success of ALMS depends on numerous organizations and individuals for its past, present, and continued success. Major partners include the U.S. Geological Survey, Boreal Partners in Flight, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, USDA Forest Service, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, University of Alaska, Audubon Alaska, Alaska Songbird Institute, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and Department of Defense.
Story Map: For the Birds: Monitoring Breeding Landbirds in Alaska's Interior
Additional information about our science: Alaska Landbird Monitoring Survey