Bird Studies Canada (BSC)
About BSC: Created in 1998 as an outgrowth of the Long Point Bird Observatory, BSC's mission is to advance the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of wild birds and their habitats, in Canada and elsewhere, through studies that engage the skills, enthusiasm, and support of its members, volunteers, and the interested public. BSC is a not-for-profit organization built on the contributions of thousands of volunteer citizen scientists. Data from BSC's volunteer surveys and targeted research projects are used to identify significant population changes and help direct conservation planning.
Responsibilities: As a partner in the CMMN, BSC is responsible for: (1) storing and archiving electronic data submitted by member stations and retrieving data upon request, (2) reporting annually to member stations on status of data submitted, (3) providing opportunities for release and exchange of archived data sets among cooperating member stations for collaborative research projects that originate from within the network community or from parties external to the network, (4) promoting and coordinating collaborative projects, (5) developing and improving migration monitoring and population trend analysis methodology, (6) providing periodic reports and updates of these populations trends, (7) participating in assessing the conservation status of populations monitored by CMMN-RCSM, (8) providing special CMMN-RCSM benefits for participation by the member station in BSC's Baillie Birdathon?, and (9) securing funding and other resources to support its activities, seeking opportunities to raise funds for CMMN-RCSM and administering successful contracts.
Canadian Wildlife Service (CWS)
About CWS: Created in 1947 and now part of Environment Canada, CWS's mission is to conserve wildlife and the ecosystems of which they are a part. CWS administers wildlife issues related to Migratory Birds, Species at Risk and some other species that are the responsibility of this branch of the federal government. CWS manages or supports over 100 different bird monitoring programs including the Breeding Bird Survey in Canada, and is responsible for reporting on the status of many wildlife species. CWS also administers the Bird Banding Office, participates in numerous international conservation initiatives such as Partners in Flight, carries out wildlife research and, in cooperation with the provinces, undertakes or promotes a wide range of activities for conservation of wildlife or their habitats.
Responsibilities: As a partner in the CMMN, CWS is responsible for: (1) supplying guidance, technical manuals and other opportunities for bander training, (2) providing banding data management services, (3) providing technical/scientific expertise, (4) facilitating permitting as required, and (5) providing funding to the degree that is appropriate and possible.
About: CMMN members are independent bird migration monitoring stations situated across Canada that monitor the spring and/or fall migration of birds, particularly landbirds.
Responsibilities: Each individual station is responsible for: (1) securing funding and other resources to support its activities, (2) adhering to a formal written field protocol for the duration of its membership in CMMN-RCSM, (3) committing to monitor for a minimum of 5 years with adequate seasonal coverage, (4) participating in CMMN-RCSM monitoring and research projects whenever possible and appropriate, (5) submitting annual project data to the network, and (6) working constructively with the other partners to advance CMMN-RCSM activities.