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Introducing the Midwest Avian Data Center - State-of-the-Art Data Management and Decision Support

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Migratory Bird Program recently launched the Midwest Avian Data Center (http://data.prbo.org/partners/mwadc), a cutting edge data management and decision support system to provide readily accessible avian monitoring data to the Midwest bird conservation community. The Midwest Avian Data Center was developed through a partnership between the Service’s Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership and PRBO…

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Added by Katie Koch on August 30, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

NEW NRCS Monitoring Program - National Easement Assessment Project

Conservation easement programs, such as those administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), provide an important tool for restoring and protecting a variety of ecosystem services and societal values on private land. Despite allocation of significant funds by the USDA to enroll private lands in NRCS easement programs, few standards exist to monitor the condition of sites after enrollment. Federal financial accounting Standards require… Continue

Added by Katie Koch on June 15, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Midwest Bird Conservation and Monitoring Conference - Registration NOW Open!

Registration is NOW open for the Midwest Bird Conservation and Monitoring Conference August 2-4, 2011 at the Illinois Beach Resort and Conference Center. Nestled along the coastline of Lake Michigan on 4,100 acres of natural beauty in a protected state park, the Illinois Beach Resort and Conference Center will sweep you away from the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life and into a scenic paradise. The resort is the only hotel in the state of Illinois located directly on Lake Michigan. …

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Added by Katie Koch on May 10, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

$4.3 Million for Neotropical Migratory Birds and Habitat Conservation

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced this week more than $4.3 million in grants for 34 projects that will support neotropical migratory bird conservation throughout the Western Hemisphere.



Matched by more than $15.1 million in additional funds from partners, the projects will support habitat restoration, environmental education, population monitoring, and other priority activities within the ranges of neotropical migratory birds in the United States, Canada, Mexico and 13… Continue

Added by Katie Koch on May 10, 2011 at 9:12am — No Comments

Help Conserve Boreal Birds!

The Boreal Avian Monitoring (BAM) Project, http://www.borealbirds.ca/, is amassing all available data sets to answer key questions about the present and future health of the boreal avian community.  Originally focusing in Canada, they are now expanding out to all boreal regions of North America (including Bird Conservation Region 12 - Boreal Hardwood Transition Zone).  Often called the bird nursery, the boreal region provides nesting habitat to over…

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Added by Katie Koch on March 18, 2011 at 8:53am — No Comments

Be a part of history - adopt a vacant Breeding Bird Survey Route

The North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS), coordinated jointly by the US Geological Survey and Canadian Wildlife Service, is one of the longest-running and more widely referenced bird monitoring programs in existence. The BBS is used to monitor the status and trends of North American bird populations. Following a rigorous protocol, BBS data are collected by thousands of dedicated participants along thousands of randomly established roadside routes throughout the continent. Professional…

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Added by Katie Koch on January 20, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Arctic Shorebird Demographic Network (Color-marked Shorebird Resighting Report)

The Arctic Shorebird Demographic Network (ASDN) is an international collaboration between shorebird biologists who are currently conducting a multi-year study to examine mechanisms behind declines of North American Arctic- breeding shorebirds. The Network collaborators’ are color-marking shorebirds at 7 sites in Alaska (Yukon Delta,…

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Added by Katie Koch on January 7, 2011 at 11:19am — No Comments

Hot off the Presses: A Framework for the Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership: 2010-2012



Using the Framework for…

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Added by Katie Koch on December 7, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

2011 Rusty Blackbird Blitz



The Rusty Blackbird has been steeply declining, with estimates of an 85-99% population drop over the past 40 years. Last year, birders throughout the country scoured the…

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Added by Katie Koch on November 10, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

Birder Certification Online Program

The Birder Certification Online program provides a rigorous method for verifying field identification skills of both professional and non-professional bird observers. A major goal is to help validate the integrity of bird inventory and monitoring projects by improving and documenting birder identification skills. The program also provides an educational tool for students and recreational birders of all skill…

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Added by Katie Koch on October 29, 2010 at 4:19pm — No Comments

Upper Mississippi Valley / Great Lakes Waterbird Plan Now Available

The 2010 Upper Mississippi Valley / Great Lakes Waterbird Conservation Plan is now complete (attached below). This plan complements the 2007 Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region Joint Venture (JV) Waterbird Habitat Conservation Strategy by concentrating on population management issues. In fact, waterbird…

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Added by Katie Koch on July 27, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

National Park Service Great Lakes Monitoring Network Announces Landbird Monitoring Program

As part of a migratory flyway, a stopover site, or a regular breeding area, the Great Lakes Network parks provide important habitats for more than 200 species of migrant and resident landbirds. Changes in the populations of these birds over time can give us some insight into the effects of habitat change, but because the park landscapes do not change very drastically, increases or declines in songbirds may point more toward changes on the migratory…

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Added by Katie Koch on July 27, 2010 at 12:47pm — No Comments

Field Guide to Web Technologies



Southeast Partners in Flight is pleased to announce the launch of a new field guide to web technologies for bird conservation. The guide is targeted at manager and administrator alike and provides simple, one-page summaries of a variety of general web tools (e.g., blogs, news feeds) as well as specific web-based applications (e.g., Facebook, eBird). Each summary provides a short overview of each…

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Added by Katie Koch on July 15, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Just Released - Saving Our Shared Birds: Partners in Flight Tri-National Vision for Landbird Conservation!

We are pleased to announce that "Saving Our Shared Birds: Partners in Flight Tri-National Vision for Landbird Conservation" is now available! Government officials, on behalf of international bird conservation leaders from the United States, Canada, and Mexico, released the report today at the XV Annual Trilateral Committee for Wildlife and Ecosystem Conservation and Management meeting in Halifax, Nova Scotia,…

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Added by Katie Koch on May 19, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

2010 US State of the Birds Report

In this 2010 State of the Birds report, we consider one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time, climate change. How will the impacts of climate change influence our bird populations and their habitats? Accelerated climate change as a result of human activities is altering the natural world as we know it, diminishing the quality of our environment. This report calls attention to the collective efforts needed to protect nature’s…

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Added by Katie Koch on March 23, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

List of birds protected under Migratory Bird Treaty Act Expands

On March 1, 2010 the USFWS released an updated list of birds protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. There are now 1007 species on the list, 175 more than the 832 on the previous version, last updated in 1985. The update is required because of name changes, some range extensions across the US-Mexican border, and corrections to the older list. Read the USFWS…
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Added by Katie Koch on March 3, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Join our Campaign - No Vacant Midwest BBS Routes in 2010!

As many or all of you know, the North American Breeding Bird Survey (BBS), coordinated jointly by the US Geological Survey and Canadian Wildlife Service, is one of the longest-running and more widely referenced bird monitoring programs in existence. The BBS is used to monitor the status and trends of North American bird populations. Following a rigorous protocol, BBS data are collected by…

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Added by Katie Koch on January 4, 2010 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

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