Censusing and surveys provide valuable data, but it only amounts to a snapshot. To learn more about how populations of breeding birds fluctuate over the years, and which factors are most likely to affect reproductive success and survival, we conduct annual monitoring studies of a variety of species at multiple sites across the Arctic. Nasaruvaalik Island is one of the most important monitoring sites for seabirds anywhere in the Canadian High Arctic.

We have been conducting long term studies of a number of species - arctic terns, common eiders, Ross's, Sabine's and ivory gulls - and more.