Our Work

The Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership is a regional network committed to informed bird conservation decisions through enhanced coordination and exchange of monitoring information.  Since 2009, we have been accomplishing these goals through regular workshops, an interactive website, registry of Midwest bird monitoring programs, focused working groups, and a state-of-the-art system for data management and decision support.

Our Region

The Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership includes the following states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.  We intersect major portions of three Joint Ventures (Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region, Central Hardwoods, and Prairie Pothole).

Our Focus

We are committed to achieving the following overarching goals:

  • Integration of  monitoring into bird management and conservation decisions;  
  • Broadening the scope of monitoring for species most at risk and for which we lack adequate information to make effective decisions; 
  • Coordination of programs among organizations and across spatial scales; 
  • Improvement of  survey design, field methods, and data analysis; and 
  • Deployment of modern data management and sharing strategies. 

These goals reflect the call to action presented in Opportunities for Improving Avian Monitoring (NABCI 2007).  

To learn more about current priorities and specific projects, download our Framework document and tour our Working Group pages.

Who is Participating

Our organization includes representatives from federal, state and tribal wildlife conservation and land management agencies, along with universities, non-governmental organizations, industry, and backyard bird enthusiasts.  Membership is open to all, and we encourage you to join

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