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The North American Breeding Bird Survey Needs YOU!

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…

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Added by Katie Koch on March 21, 2017 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Birder Certification Improves Data Reliability

The Great Lakes Inventory and Monitoring…

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Added by Katie Koch on January 17, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Partners in Flight Releases New Landbird Conservation Plan!

This revised Plan provides an updated analysis of the population trends and conservation status of all 450 landbirds in the continental U.S. and Canada and documents widespread declines among these species—a troubling indicator of the health of landbird populations and their…

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Added by Katie Koch on August 16, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Analysis of long-term forest bird monitoring data from national forests of the western Great Lakes Region

(Black-and-white Warbler photo credit: Jeff Koch)

Authors: 

Niemi, Gerald J.; Howe, Robert W.; Sturtevant, Brian R.; Parker, Linda R.; Grinde, Alexis R.; Danz, Nicholas P.; Nelson, Mark D.;…

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Added by Katie Koch on August 5, 2016 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Upper Mississippi Valley/Great Lakes Shorebird Conservation Plan Now Available

We are pleased to announce the availability of the Upper Mississippi Valley /Great Lakes (UMVGL) Regional Shorebird Conservation Plan.  Version 1.0 of this plan was developed in 2000 and this plan – Version 2.0 – updates that document.  The UMVGL region is a diverse area that…

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Added by Katie Koch on June 8, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

New Training Materials for the Midwest Avian Data Center

You can now access not one, but TWO, step-by-step user manuals for the Midwest Avian Data Center, as well as materials from recent workshops:

Midwest Avian Data Center User's Guide (Version 2.0) (click to download)

In this brief user’s guide, we describe data management and decision support tools offered by MWADC. We also provide an…

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Added by Katie Koch on May 18, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

IBP Bird Banding Classes at Wolfe Ridge, MN

The Institute for Bird Populations is pleased to be once again working with Wolf Ridge ELC in northeastern Minnesota to offer two bird banding classes during the summer 2016. The banding classes will be held at the …

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Added by Katie Koch on April 18, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Celebrate the Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial by participating in the North American Breeding Bird Survey!!!

Each spring over 2500 skilled individuals 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…

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Added by Katie Koch on April 12, 2016 at 3:39pm — No Comments

Registration Now Open! State of Stopover Symposium, 5-7 October 2016, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

We are proud to announce registration is now open online for the much-anticipated 2016 migratory bird symposium (The State Of Stopover 2016) in Wisconsin, October 5-7.…
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Added by Katie Koch on March 20, 2016 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Celebrating the Migratory Bird Treaty – A Century of Bird Conservation

By Tom Cooper and Katie Koch, USFWS Midwest Migratory Bird Program

A century ago the conservation landscape across North America was much different for migratory birds.  In the 1800s, the unregulated killing of migratory birds put many species at risk throughout North America.  Feathers from waterbirds such as egrets and herons were highly prized by the fashion…

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Added by Katie Koch on February 17, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Exciting News from the IWMM Program

by Deb Reynolds, USFWS

Database Developments

In December 2015, IWMM released the Data Entry and Project Management portions of its …

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Added by Katie Koch on January 11, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

2015 Midwest Landbird Migration Monitoring Network Workshop Proceedings Now Available

Our fall Midwest Landbird Migration Monitoring Workshop was quite a success!  Many thanks to the following individuals: 1) our steering committee for organizing and facilitating the workshop, 2) our esteemed guest presenters for setting the tone for our discussions, 3) our participants for providing critical insights and information as we solidify project ideas for the next few years, and 4) the great staff at Forest Beach Migratory Bird Preserve for hosting us!  To download and review the…

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Added by Katie Koch on November 12, 2015 at 2:33pm — No Comments

NEW!! Handbook for Monitoring Wisconsin’s Migratory Landbirds – Lake Superior

The Handbook for Monitoring Wisconsin’s Migratory Landbirds within the Lake Superior Basin is a resource for Wisconsin Stopover…

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Added by Katie Koch on November 2, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Now Available Online - Grasshopper Sparrow Status Assessment and Conservation Plan

The Status Assessment and Conservation Plan for the Grasshopper Sparrow was designed to review the current status of the species, provide a brief overview of recent research findings, and highlight actions needed to conserve Grasshopper Sparrow populations throughout its range.  The document also includes a prioritized list of actions and needs that we think will achieve long-term, range-wide conservation of this species, emphasizing the reduction of habitat loss…

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Added by Katie Koch on August 27, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Midwest Avian Data Center - Version 2.0 is now live!

I am pleased to announce the launch of Version 2.0 of the Midwest Avian Data Center (MWADC).  After eight months of hard work and dedication, the new website is now available at http://data.pointblue.org/partners/mwadc. …

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Added by Katie Koch on August 11, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

NEW: Vital Rates of North American Landbirds Website

The Institute for Bird Populations is proud to announce the launch of a new website that provides unprecedented estimates of the vital rates of over 150 species of North American landbirds from 15 years of data from the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) program, and has the potential to significantly improve strategies for reversing the population declines that are occurring in many of these species.  By examining the estimates of these critical vital rates and the…

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Added by Katie Koch on June 22, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

USFWS Announces First Report from Radar Study on Bird and Bat Migration

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently published a Seasonal Avian Radar Report that evaluates the 2011 fall migration of birds and bats along the Lake Michigan and Lake Huron shorelines in Huron and Oceana counties, Michigan. This report is a product of the Region 3 Ecological Services Avian Radar Project, which has used avian radar and acoustic monitors to study bird and bat migration along the Great Lakes for the past 4 ½ years.…

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Added by Katie Koch on May 28, 2015 at 4:05pm — No Comments

Just Released: 2014 Farm Bill Field Guide to Fish & Wildlife Conservation

April 28, 2015 – Today, the North American Bird Conservation Initiative released the 2014 Farm Bill Field Guide to Fish and Wildlife Conservation.This field guide is a tool to assist the staff of federal and state fish and wildlife agencies, nongovernmental conservation organizations, joint ventures, and other conservation partners in implementing Farm Bill conservation…

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Added by Katie Koch on April 28, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Join One of North America's Most Important Bird Monitoring Programs Today!

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…

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Added by Katie Koch on April 9, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

Seeking Midwest Participation in the Rusty Blackbird Spring Migration Blitz

Although scientists have made huge strides in understanding Rusty Blackbirds on their breeding and wintering grounds – partly thanks to the original Rusty Blackbird Winter Blitz  – we know surprisingly little about the migratory requirements and habits of this species. Are there hot spots where many individuals congregate during migration?  Are similar migratory stopover areas used by Rusties…

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Added by Katie Koch on March 26, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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