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Minnesota National Forest Breeding Bird Monitoring Program

Forest and Land

Project Contacts

Project Goals

    1. Document long-term population trends of forest birds in Minnesota's National Forests
    2. Inform the development of forest management guidelines

Project Highlights

This is an award-winning long-term monitoring program to document breeding bird population trends in Minnesota's National Forests.  This project provides vital information to inform the development of management policies and conservation initiatives in Minnesota's forests with:

  • 23 years of data
  • Over 300 forest stands sampled each year
  • Over 380,000 bird observations and 200+ species identified

Current Research Activities

Winter 2017-2018: We completed the 23rd year of data collection in June 2017!

Project Team


This research project is funded by the USDA Forest Service: Chippewa and Superior National Forests.