Midwest Aerial Insectivore Working Group


Midwest Aerial Insectivore Working Group

Based on results from long-term monitoring programs, aerial insectivores (e.g., swifts, swallows, flycatchers) are receiving increasing conservation attention.  Several species seem to be undergoing precipitous, wide-spread declines, and long-distance migrants seem to be declining more acutely than short-distance migrants (Nebel et al. 2010).  This working group is dedicated to coordinating conservation of monitoring throughout the region and with other partners across the annual cycle for species of concern.

Members: 14
Latest Activity: Oct 16, 2015


The following resources are intended to provide additional information and background about the decline in aerial insectivore populations and the need for swift (no pun intended) conservation action:

1) Aerial Insectivore Species of Greatest Conservation Need in the Midwest (May 2015)

2) Issue Paper: Pesticides and Birds: Members of the Issues Committee of the Wisconsin Bird Conservation Initiative (WBCI) have prepared a series of “Issues Papers” to provide information for WBCI partners and the public. These documents contain an overview of of the topics and sections covering WBCI Goals, Research Findings in Wisconsin and Elsewhere, Recommended Actions, Additional Research Needs, Links, and Additional Literature.

3) Aerial Insectivore Monitoring Protocols

4) Articles of Interest

5) Aerial Insectivore Priorities (November 6, 2012)The attached spreadsheet alerts us to the relative priority for Midwest aerial insectivores based on the Birds of Conservation Concern (USFWS 2008), Joint Venture focal species planning, Species of Greatest Conservation Need from state wildlife action plans, and Partners in Flight Species Assessment Database (Panjabi et al. 2012).

Discussion Forum

Notes From Working Group Conference Calls

Did you miss a conference call or want to catch up on the group's discussions?  Feel free to read notes (by year) and contact the group with questions or comments.2015…Continue

Started by Katie Koch Dec 4, 2012.


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