Research at the ASCC

We have been investigating the applications of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) to wildlife research for the last six years at McGill University in Montreal (see below). In addition to having housed a large colony of captive falcons, the Avian Science and Conservation Centre (ASCC) conducted research on a number of other avian species. The centre's colony of over 250 pedigreed American kestrels (Falco sparverius) allowed researchers from around the world to conduct controlled experiments with a high degree of statistical accuracy on a representative raptor. The ASCC also conducted field research on avian species in the wild, including birds of prey and various passerine and waterfowl species.

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       Photos courtesy of Marc Pauzé


Present Research at the ASCC



Bird of Prey Research at the ASCC

Migration routes, timing, and nest site fidelity of Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) and Bald Eagles (Haliaetus leucocephalus) as they relate to Military Aircraft Activity in Labrador
Dawn Laing and Dr. David M. Bird

Population biology and migration patterns of North American Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus)
Marcel Gahbauer and Dr. David M. Bird

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Passerine Research at the ASCC

Loggerhead shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)
Sarah Fraser and Dr. David M. Bird

An adaptive approach to managing gull predation at seabird restoration sites in Maine
 Christina Donehower, Dr. Steven Kress and Dr. David M. Bird

Foraging behaviour of selected avian species on suburban golf courses

Isabel Julian and Dr. David M. Bird

Breeding birds on Montreal-area golf courses and green spaces
Marie-Anne Hudson and Dr. David M. Bird

Avian diversity, assemblages and use of vegetation in an urban ecosystem
Josée Rousseau and Dr. Rodger D. Titman


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Waterfowl Research at the ASCC


Habitat use by Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) broods at Kouchibouguac National Park, New Brunswick
Shawn Craik and Dr. Rodger D. Titman

Ecology of the Common Loon in freshwater and marine environments during the breeding season
Arnaud Tarroux and Dr. Rodger D. Titman

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Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec,  Canada H9X-3V9
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