The Parks Canada Community of Practice is a co-led, collaborative initiative focused on Parks Canada’s use of autonomous recording units (ARUs) in monitoring and conserving avian species across national parks. By fostering a community of practice focused on avian research, the group aims to establish standardized ARU deployment, data collection, and analysis techniques for enhanced avian conservation efforts.

The initiative’s core objectives are:

  • Standardized ARU utilization: Develop best practices for deploying ARUs in national parks to ensure uniform data collection methods and facilitate inter-park data comparison.
  • Avian species monitoring: Implement ARUs as a key tool for monitoring avian species’ presence, behavior, and population trends.
  • Knowledge sharing: Establish a network of professionals, researchers, and park staff to exchange insights, methodologies, and successful conservation strategies regarding avian species.