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Factors Influencing Detectability of Grassland Birds - Webinar Materials Now Available

Thank you once again to the 60+ participants who tuned in to yesterday's webinar AND to our great presenter, Beth Rigby!  A copy of Beth's presentation, notes from the discussion, and her contact information are available at this website:…


Added by Katie Koch on February 12, 2014 at 10:27am — No Comments

Great Lakes Migratory Bird Stopover Portal: Predicting hotspots, providing applications, and producing conservation solutions

We hope that this portal can provide information on stopover sites and ecology within the Great Lakes region to a variety of audiences, including natural resource managers, municipal planners, entities siting energy installations and other infrastructure, and even businesses interested in seeing where migratory birds and the birders they attract might be concentrated.*…


Added by Katie Koch on December 20, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Just released - newly updated Avian Knowledge Network webpage!!!

The Avian Knowledge Network (AKN) is excited to announce the launch of its newly updated website: and requests your participation in joining us in this unique and very successful endeavor to conserve birds.


The AKN grew out of a series of discussions more than a decade ago, which in 2006 resulted in a grant awarded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to fund the network’s foundational infrastructure. From…


Added by Katie Koch on December 19, 2013 at 1:06pm — No Comments

Monitoring Waterfowl in the Midwest during the Non-breeding Period: Challenges, Priorities, and Recommendations

As a follow-up to our 2011 Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Workshop, several Midwest partners produced the following publication in the December 2013 Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management:

Monitoring Waterfowl in the Midwest during the Non-breeding Period:…


Added by Katie Koch on December 3, 2013 at 9:00pm — No Comments

Midwest Landbird Migration Monitoring Network Coordinator Hired by Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory

The Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory (WGLBBO) are pleased to announce that they have chosen Dr. Amber Roth, PhD, of Michigan Technological University as the new Midwest Landbird Migration Monitoring Network Coordinator, effective January 1, 2014. Dr. Roth has a one-year position with WGLBBO, funded via a grant they were awarded by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, to continue development of the Midwest Landbird Migration…


Added by Katie Koch on November 19, 2013 at 9:17am — No Comments

Management for birds and fire-dependent ecosystems

The Lake States Fire Science Consortium (LSFSC), funded by the Joint Fire Science Program (JFSP), is a network of fire managers and scientists interested in the fire-dependent ecosystems of the northern Lake States region ( To enhance our existing understanding of disturbances, vegetation, and wildlife and the integration of this knowledge into the management of northern Lake States ecosystems,…


Added by Katie Koch on October 22, 2013 at 9:37am — No Comments

Collaborative Research on Secretive Marsh Birds in the Midwest Region: Linking Monitoring and Wetland Management

Wetland management for wildlife occurs across the Midwest region. Although not typically targeted to secretive marshbirds (rails, bitterns, and grebes), these efforts can create or modify wetlands in ways likely to impact this bird group. Wildlife managers concerned with marshbird conservation have expressed the following information needs: 1) what effects do marsh management actions have on secretive marshbirds, and 2) could these actions be modified to yield greater benefits for marsh…


Added by Katie Koch on August 20, 2013 at 11:04am — No Comments

New Bird Conservation Webinar Series from Ohio - open to all

Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative, The Ohio Fish and Wildlife Management Association, and the Ohio Chapter of The Wildlife Society are proud to announce a partnership to provide a series of monthly online presentations called “Ohio Fish and Wildlife Presentation Series”. The series offers convenient opportunities for conservation professionals to learn about current issues related to fish and…


Added by Katie Koch on July 30, 2013 at 10:48am — No Comments

2013 US State of the Birds Report Released Today!

This fourth State of the Birds report highlights the enormous contributions private landowners make to bird and habitat conservation, and opportunities for increased contributions. Roughly 60% of land area in the United States (1.43 billion acres) is privately owned by millions of individuals, families, organizations, and corporations, including 2 million ranchers and farmers and about 10 million woodland owners. More than 100 species have 50% or…


Added by Katie Koch on July 2, 2013 at 5:47pm — No Comments

New Updates to the PIF Database Family: Species Assessments and Population Estimates

The Partners in Flight Species Assessment and Population Estimates databases have been updated! These databases now provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date information on North American landbirds, to be used in conservation assessments and plans at the state/provincial, regional, national, and continental scales. To access the new PIF databases and associated user guides and to view news of updates and changes to both databases, please visit:…


Added by Katie Koch on July 1, 2013 at 10:18am — No Comments


The NEAP has posted its Final Report including a summary of strategies and associated costs for inventory, monitoring and management of NRCS easements based on established programs and recommendations provided by 13 federal, state, and non-governmental organizations. We also included a review of bioassessment techniques for monitoring biological condition and describe procedures to monitor compliance and conduct natural resource inventories.  Recommendations are given for reporting condition…


Added by Katie Koch on May 13, 2013 at 9:47am — No Comments

Database Management Solutions?

I'm sure many of us encounter unwieldy databases from time to time. I turn to the familiar Excel, but I'm sure this is far from the best option! What programs do you use for your data, bird-related or otherwise? I'm interested in open source solutions, and curious to try other things!

Added by Jessica Gorzo on March 27, 2013 at 2:29pm — No Comments

The North American Breeding Bird Survey Needs YOUR Help

Each spring over 2500 skilled amateur birders and professional biologists volunteer to participate in the North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS).  Since 1965, these volunteers have contributed to one of the most widely used bird monitoring datasets in North America.  In 2009, the Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership began a campaign to fill all vacant BBS routes in our region.  Each year, the number of…


Added by Katie Koch on March 20, 2013 at 11:35am — No Comments

Remote Sensing and Birds

A theme of my dissertation project is the application of remotely sensed products to avian populations nationwide. I'm using NASA's data sets (freely available!) to characterize weather/climate phenomena that may be important to birds. Land surface temperature is highly correlated with air temperature, thus providing meaningful data about thermal conditions for the time period captured.

In my prior post, I mentioned MYD11A2: an 8-day, 1km resolution land surface temperature data set…


Added by Jessica Gorzo on March 5, 2013 at 5:40pm — No Comments

Remote Sensing

I currently use MODIS imagery to characterize extreme climate events. Specifically, I've been using MYD11A2 and MYD13A3 to detect heat wave and drought, respectively. Does anyone else here use remote sensing and satellite imagery? Leave me a comment!

Added by Jessica Gorzo on January 24, 2013 at 1:48pm — 1 Comment

New: Recommendations for Monitoring Midwest Waterfowl During the Non-breeding Season

Habitat conservation planning for migrating and wintering waterfowl is typically based on estimated foraging needs during these non-breeding periods. However, several factors limit the ability to draw strong inferences from the historic Midwest data sets of non-breeding waterfowl abundance collected by wildlife agencies. Survey protocols are not standardized among organizations, a statistically based sampling framework has not been developed, and the financial burden of surveys typically…


Added by Katie Koch on January 16, 2013 at 8:50am — No Comments

Thousands of dead birds are showing up on northern Michigan’s shorelines

STATE: Thousands of dead birds are showing up on northern Michigan’s shorelines (VIDEO)


Added by John Curnutt on January 14, 2013 at 10:46am — No Comments

Avian Power Line Interaction Committee Releases 2012 Collision Manual

On December 20, 2012, APLIC and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released their updated state-of-the-art guidance document Reducing Avian Collisions with Power Lines: State of the Art in 2012.  This best-practices document, originally published in 1994, offers electric utilities and cooperatives, federal power administrations, wildlife agencies, and other stakeholders with specific guidance for reducing bird collisions with power lines based on the most current…


Added by Katie Koch on January 9, 2013 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Western Hemisphere Migratory Bird Species Initiative

Supporting the Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative's goal of conserving migratory species through international cooperation and communication, the bilingual WHMSI Pathway is a vehicle to share information about migratory species conservation across geographic and language barriers.

The WHMSI Pathway features more than 650 resources related to migratory species conservation,…


Added by Katie Koch on December 19, 2012 at 9:11am — No Comments

New website dedicated to minmizing bird collisions with communication towers

Michigan State University and Michigan Natural Features Inventory are pleased to present our new website dedicated to reducing bird collisions with communication towers. This website has been prepared for a diversity of readers including biologists, regulators, industry, birders, and the general public. Everyone should find information and resources on the site to help them address this important issue.

Every year, approximately 7 million birds die from collisions with communication…


Added by Katie Koch on December 17, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

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