The Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory welcomes opportunities to work with other organizations on projects to broaden our understanding of bird populations, migration patterns, and avian breeding habitat requirements.

The LSLBO has a long record of providing our knowledge and expertise to support academic, government, industry and NGO research initiatives. Often, these projects can be supported through the standardized data collection that is part of the LSLBO’s normal monitoring programs. The LSLBO has also provided bird banding data and observational information to projects investigating specific species. Some studies have requested additional measurements or sampling, such as material for stable isotope analysis, to be taken during our bird banding and monitoring activities.

Other studies have focused on aspects of breeding habitats used by boreal songbirds in the area, but are not necessarily linked to our regular monitoring programs. The LSLBO has been able to provide logistical and field support to projects ranging from nest searches to radio-tracking and geolocator deployment. These types of projects have provided a deeper insight into the bird species that we monitor every year.

The LSLBO is always willing to assist with other projects whenever possible and we are looking to establish new partnerships through collaborative projects.

If you have a project that you think the LSLBO can assist you with, please contact us for more information. Initial inquiries as well as requests for data or data collection can be sent to the Executive Director at

Details on our data collection and sharing process can be found in the LSLBO Data Sharing Policy.

Lesser Slave Forest Management Plan

The Lesser Slave Lake Bird Observatory actively shares our avian expertise with  local forestry companies to help them better understand and maintain bird diversity within their forest management areas. The LSLBO is currently participating in the development of the new Lesser Slave Lake Regional Forest Management Plan. 

The Lesser Slave Lake Regional Forest Management Plan is a road map for forest use and sustainability in the Slave Lake region. The plan is due for submission in 2020 and approval in 2021, and will apply to the region for the following ten years. Slave Lake area forest products companies are jointly developing the plan, creating shared goals, standards, and objectives. The success of the plan and the strength of these objectives depends on public input by environmental organization such as the LSLBO and public members.

If you would like to participate and provide public input into the plan, you can check out the new LSLRFMP website for this project.  Together, the goal of this process is to create a sustainable, multi-purpose forest in the Slave Lake region.