Virginia Bird Population Estimates

Population size estimates for priority bird species are one of the key pieces of information necessary for evaluating species status and setting population and habitat goals. Population and habitat goals are in turn necessary to more effectively guide on-the-ground conservation toward desired outcomes. Several national and regional bird conservation initiatives have assembled species-specific population estimates and have formulated estimate-based goals in their planning efforts. Presented here are Virginia bird population size and trend estimates for the top three tiers of Species of Greatest Conservation Need identified in the Virginia Wildlife Action Plan. The data are compiled from a number of sources cross-referenced with avian projects catalogued in the Virginia Bird Survey Database. They reflect our knowledge of recent breeding bird population levels in the Commonwealth, and point to the gaps in our understanding. These records will be updated periodically as new information becomes available.


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