A Crowdsourcing Approach To Aerial Photo Survey Analysis Of North America’s Waterbirds

July 25th, 2016|Education and Outreach, Research|

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (FWS) Migratory Bird Program is currently developing ProjectFlockTogether: an online crowdsourcing platform that will invite bird enthusiasts and citizen scientists to participate in important, cutting-edge conservation research. Each year, the FWS conducts aerial visual surveys by flying small planes over North America’s wetlands and coasts, in order to monitor [...]

Citizen Science Benefits Bird Conservation

May 26th, 2016|Research|

Across the globe, citizen scientists are informing bird conservation by reporting on their local birds. The information sheds light on species distribution, population trends, and how landscape level changes are affecting bird habitats. Engaging in citizen science also promotes a greater understanding of the role and values of birds in the natural world. The upcoming 2016 [...]

Bird Conservation Region Planning Updates – Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands (BCR 69) and Peninsular Florida (BCR 31)

May 20th, 2016|Research|

Bird conservation partners in the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture (ACJV) are now closer to having a full complement of Bird Conservation Region (BCR) Plans that cover our entire geographic area. Currently, BCR plans exist for the Atlantic Northern Forest (14), Lower Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Plain (13), New England/Mid-Atlantic Coast (30), Piedmont (29), and the eastern [...]

University of Maine Finishes Field Study of Songbirds in the Northern Forest

May 20th, 2016|Research|

Researchers from the University of Maine Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology and the USGS Cooperative Wildlife Research Units at the University of Maine and the West Virginia University recently finished the field work on an investigation of bird distributions in the Northern Forest region of Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The Northeast Region [...]

New Research Identifies Abundant Wood Thrush Population in Remnant Dry Forest Patches of Honduras

April 25th, 2016|Research|

Studies conducted by Fabiola Rodriguez and Jeff Larkin of Indiana University of Pennsylvania identified Wood Thrush as one of the most abundant migratory birds in remnant dry forest patches of Honduras. This is of particular interest as Wood Thrush are usually associated with moister conditions. The study was part of a project to evaluate the [...]

Actively Managing for Cerulean Warblers

July 28th, 2015|Research|

The Appalachian Region is known for its extensive tracts of mature hardwood forest and high biodiversity, including that of songbirds. The region is a stronghold for the cerulean warbler, containing about 75 percent of the population. But the bird is a species of high conservation concern due in part to an estimated 70 percent population [...]

New State Assessments will Assist Decision Making for Bird Habitat Conservation

December 1st, 2014|Research|

The Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes JV, in conjunction with partners, recently completed a series of "State by Bird Conservation Region (BCR)" assessments that provide updated and refined information to assist partners in decision making for bird habitat conservation. The assessments step down Joint Venture Implementation Plan habitat objectives by each state, using recent [...]

Rebuilding Habitat Shoreline Resilience in the San Francisco Bay

March 5th, 2014|Planning, Research|

"Flood Control 2.0: Rebuilding habitat shoreline resilience through improved flood control channel design and management" is an ambitious effort to restore stream and wetland habitats, water quality, and shoreline resilience to the San Francisco Bay. The project is a partnership between the San Francisco Estuary Partnership, San Francisco Bay Joint Venture, San Francisco Estuary Institute, [...]

Studying Climate Change and its Impact on Birds in Mexico

March 5th, 2014|Research|

Sonoran Joint Venture staff and other partners recently published an article about the status of climate change research for bird conservation in Mexico in HUITZIL, the Mexican ornithology journal.Global climate change is affecting the world’s biodiversity. In Mexico, several lines of research have been developed to forecast the effects of climate change on bird distributions. [...]