Northern Colorado Plateau Network (NCPN)
More than 270 parks managed by the National Park Service (NPS) are organized into a system of 32 eco-regional networks linked by similar geographic and natural resource characteristics. In 2005 Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory and the National Park Service initiated Monitoring Birds of the National Park Service Northern Colorado Plateau Network, which includes 11 national parks and monuments in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. This program focuses on three habitats - low-elevation riparian, pinyon-juniper and sage shrubland.
A major component of park stewardship, monitoring is used to determine the status and trend in the condition of selected park resources, such as animals. Birds are often monitored as they respond quickly to changes in conditions making them good indicators of the health of ecosystems. A wide range of bird species on a park reflects a healthy variety of habitats and other animals and plants.