Monitoring to Conserve Midwestern Birds
We are dedicated to monitoring grassland birds to inform conservation, management, and policy decisions. Our current effort to create a Midwest Grassland Network draws on monitoring, research, and land-use data to identify and describe areas that provide valuable bird habitat, as well as other ecosystem services.
Latest Activity: Feb 7, 2017
Building a Network of Grassland Landscapes in the Midwest
The Migratory Bird Program of the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is leading an effort to create a network of grassland landscapes in the Midwest to support implementation of state and regional conservation plans. The project will generate new spatial information, strategic guidance, and cross-sector collaborations that uphold the many ecological and societal values of grasslands. The Midwest Grassland Network will serve the eight states that comprise FWS Region 3 (OH, IA, IL, IN, MI, MN, MO, WI), as well as the tallgrass and mixed-grass prairie regions of Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. Decades of conservation activity, carried out by public agencies and non-governmental organizations, provide a strong foundation for this work.
Create and sustain a network of Midwest grassland landscapes to support bird conservation objectives and the ecological, economic, and societal benefits of native, restored, and surrogate grasslands.
Contact: Dan Lambert (email@example.com; 802.436.4065)
(Authored by USFWS Midwest Region staff)The business of conservation is changing in the prairies. Conservationists recognize that collaborative, science-based management is necessary to ensure a future for our prairies and wetlands, and the unique wildlife these habitats support.“North America’s grasslands are arguably the continent’s most endangered ecosystem due in part to the invasion of our native prairies and wetlands by Kentucky bluegrass, smooth brome grass, reed canary grass and other…Continue
Started by Katie Koch Oct 4, 2012.
The North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) is dedicated to advancing integrated bird conservation in North America. The Summer 2012 issue of their All-Bird Bulletin highlights priorities, successes, and key partnerships addressing shared grassland bird conservation needs. Read more here: 2012 Summer Bulletin…Continue
Started by Katie Koch Oct 2, 2012.