Bird Monitoring
Dutch Caribbean

Through the “Monitoring for Bird Biodiversity Conservation in the Dutch Caribbean” (2023-2027) project the DCNA  aims to enable all Dutch Caribbean parks to actively monitor land bird populations on their islands using a standardized monitoring programme (PROALAS) that has continuity and to be able to analyze the collected data. Developing capacity for bird conservation has been a process with several aims, one of which is to firmly establish a bird monitoring project that collects, analyzes and reports collected data as to inform and adapt management actions and evaluate conservation success.

The bird monitoring efforts will help to ensure that species under threat are identified in time to influence their long-term survival. Also, changes — or the absence thereof — in bird population sizes may indicate environmental change or stability. In this way, monitoring bird population can inform us more about nature’s “health” in general. This project will also contribute to achieving the strategic goals regarding (land)birds and their habitats as a part of the Nature and Environment Policy Plan (NEPP) by the Ministries of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV), Infrastructure and Water Management (I&W).

Description of the project

The “Monitoring for Bird Biodiversity Conservation in the Dutch Caribbean” project aims to answer the following questions on island, inter-island and regional levels:

A. Abundance of different species:

  1. What is the relative abundance of birds (both general and for specific species) in different habitat types?*
  2. How is the relative abundance of birds (both general and for specific species) changing over time?
  3. How is the relative abundance of birds (both general and for specific species) changing per season?

B. Composition of species:

  1. What is the composition of bird species in different habitat types?*
  2. How is the composition of bird species changing over time?
  3. How is the composition of bird species changing per season?

*This project focuses on comparisons at the community level (not on rare species), and to be able to make regional comparisons it focuses on habitat types more widely shared: a) evergreen calcareous, b) deciduous volcanic and c) higher montane bird communities.

To answer these questions, the PROALAS protocol and associated EBird tools (i.e. website and app) will be used. The project is planned for 2023-2027. Bird surveys will be performed by trained individuals from the respective parks and bird experts. Sampling will be conducted twice a year in March /April (post rainy-season) and in October/November (pre-rainy-season).  Additionally, this project includes data processing, storage, analysis of data output and visualization.

The bird monitoring project is funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature & Food Quality (LNV).

All data will be made available on the Dutch Caribbean Biodiversity Database (DCBD), Observation.org BirdsCaribbean.

 

Visit the Dutch Caribbean Biodiversity Database