Monitoring to Conserve Midwestern Birds
Secretive marshbirds such as rails, bitterns, coots, and grebes are among the most poorly monitored bird groups in North America. The National Secretive Marshbird Monitoring Program, being piloted in several states, is predicated upon several key components: a well-tested protocol, statistically-based sampling framework, and coordination among many partners at multiple spatial scales. As we transition from the pilot stage (2008-2011) into full implementation of this program nationwide (beginning in 2012), our success hinges upon agreement from flyway, regional, state, federal and non-governmental partners that coordinated monitoring of secretive marshbirds to gain status and trend information, determine sustainable harvest limits for hunted species, and evaluate effectiveness of wetland conservation and restoration is a shared priority for our collective efforts.
Contact: Mike Monfils (firstname.lastname@example.org; 517-284-6205)
Latest Activity: Oct 4, 2017
1) Secretive Marshbird Monitoring Protocol (Conway 2009):
North American Marsh Bird Survey Protocol_April 2009_v2.pdf
2) Statistically-based Sampling Framework (Johnson et al. 2009):
Sampling Design Framework for Marshbird Monitoring.pdf
3) Recent PowerPoint presentation on Wisconsin's pilot of the program (Seamans and Brady 2009)
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