Monitoring to Conserve Midwestern Birds
Using the Framework for Coordinated Bird Monitoring in the Northeast (Northeast Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership 2007) as a foundation, this document outlines the format for establishing and implementing a regional network to fully integrate monitoring programs into bird conservation decision making throughout the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin). Operational elements for this framework include regular workshops, an interactive website, registry of Midwest bird monitoring programs, focused working groups, and a state-of-the-art system for archiving, analyzing, and accessing data. The ten highest priorities developed by Midwest partners provide the focus for highlighting recent progress and future steps toward more effective and efficient bird monitoring, conservation, and evaluation of success. The Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership aspires to effectively package monitoring information for managers and decision makers alike. Results of partner efforts thus far reinforce the importance of strategic monitoring as a key element in bird conservation and a means to help wildlife professionals better understand and interface with climate change, energy development, land use practices, and food production across the Midwestern landscape.
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Recommended citation: Koch, K.E., T. Will, G.J. Soulliere, B. Bartush, R. Mordecai and R. Brady. 2010. Framework for the Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership: 2010-2012. USFWS, Fort Snelling, MN, USA. 16 pages.