Midwest Secretive Marshbird Working Group


Midwest Secretive Marshbird Working Group

Secretive marshbirds such as rails, bitterns, coots, and grebes are among the most poorly monitored bird groups in North America. The National Secretive Marshbird Monitoring Program, being piloted in several states, is predicated upon several key components: a well-tested protocol, statistically-based sampling framework, and coordination among many partners at multiple spatial scales. As we transition from the pilot stage (2008-2011) into full implementation of this program nationwide (beginning in 2012), our success hinges upon agreement from flyway, regional, state, federal and non-governmental partners that coordinated monitoring of secretive marshbirds to gain status and trend information, determine sustainable harvest limits for hunted species, and evaluate effectiveness of wetland conservation and restoration is a shared priority for our collective efforts.

Contact: Mike Monfils (monfilsm@michigan.gov; 517-284-6205)

Members: 37
Latest Activity: Apr 18

Discussion Forum

Proceedings from the webinar, "Piloting the National Secretive Marshbird Monitoring Program: What have we learned, and where are we headed?" 2 Replies

January 16, 2013:Piloting the National Secretive Marshbird Monitoring Program: What have we learned, and where are we headed? - Dr. Mark Seamans, US Fish and Wildlife Service…Continue

Started by Katie Koch. Last reply by Katie Koch Feb 5, 2013.

Proceedings from Yellow Rail Webinar on January 9, 2013

Evaluating Autonomous Recording Units for Monitoring Yellow Rails and Other Nocturnal Marshbirds - Anna Sidie-Slettedahl, South Dakota State University and USFWS…Continue

Started by Katie Koch Jan 9, 2013.

Marsh Bird Survey Training

I just came back from the Marsh Bird Workshop in Yuma, AZ. It was extremely worthwhile. A workshop should probably mandatory for those who are planning to do Marsh Bird Surveys. The training was…Continue

Started by Ethan Duke Mar 18, 2011.

Study Design

Does anyone have further suggestions for dealing with the inherent difficulties of the NWI? And are there more current updates from PIs that would aid in more efficient methodologies and affective…Continue

Tags: sampling, units, methodologies, design, birds

Started by Ethan Duke Oct 19, 2010.


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