Studying the Human Dimensions of CRP Participation

September 7th, 2017|Human Dimensions|

Why do landowners participate in the USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP)? To what extent do landowners who no longer participate in CRP continue to manage their land as grass versus plow it out? What do landowners need that would help catalyze their land stewardship after their participation in CRP ends? These questions are the focus [...]

Recharging a New Mexico Community Through Playa Restoration

September 7th, 2017|Collaboration|

A diverse group of organizations and individuals are collaborating to conserve and restore playas in Curry County, New Mexico, with the goal of supporting the City of Clovis’ municipal water supply and providing needed habitat for migratory birds. The partnership includes city and county government agencies and organizations, soil and water conservation districts, local landowners, [...]

Community at Rio Grande Headwaters Keeps Water Flowing

August 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|

In Colorado’s high-altitude San Luis Valley, the need to protect limited water supply for people, agriculture, and wildlife brings diverse groups together to creatively solve their water challenges. Growing up on a ranch in southern Colorado’s San Luis Valley, Jim Gilmore gained an appreciation for the abundant waterfowl and songbirds that use the ranch’s wetlands [...]

Farm Bill Works for Landowners and Birds, New Report Finds

August 8th, 2017|Bird Conservation, Education and Outreach, News|

State of the Birds 2017 Identifies Benefits for Agriculture, Forestry, and Conservation (Washington, D.C., August 3, 2017) Thirty-seven million. That’s the increase in the number of waterfowl in the Prairie Pothole Region over the past quarter-century, thanks to the Farm Bill. The State of the Birds 2017 report, released today by the North American Bird [...]

For the Love of Sage: Communicating for an Ecosystem

August 8th, 2017|Collaboration, Education and Outreach, News, Strategic Communications|

For Americans who haven’t lived in or experienced the Intermountain West’s sagebrush country, it can feel like an empty void or unproductive wasteland. Members of the conservation community know these perceptions to be unfounded, and for decades they have enacted significant scientific studies and conservation initiatives to better understand and protect this place. Yet, these [...]

New Grants Awarded to Protect Lands and Birds

June 9th, 2017|Habitat Conservation, Human Dimensions|

The Land Trust Bird Conservation Initiative has awarded its first grants to support bird conservation among the land trust community. The four organizations receiving funds plan to protect critical habitats, such as oak forests in Oregon and estuaries in Maine, as well as help declining bird species, such as Golden-winged Warblers in Vermont and Lewis’s [...]

Story Map Illustrates Accomplishments of Migratory Bird JVs

February 10th, 2017|Habitat Conservation, News|

Joint Ventures work together to build a healthy world for birds, other wildlife, and people. As we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of this model for international collaboration in 2017, Joint Ventures look ahead to the next thirty years and beyond of building strong, effective partnerships for bird and habitat conservation. Access a new Story Map [...]

AMJV Partners with USFS on Series of Forest Management Workshops

February 10th, 2017|Collaboration, News|

The Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture has partnered with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to plan and implement a series of workshops across USFS Region 9 for land owners detailing management practices that can improve forest habitats for birds and other wildlife. The workshops will describe how specific forest management practices can benefit birds and other wildlife, [...]

Meet the New National Bird Conservation Social Science Coordinator

February 10th, 2017|Collaboration, News|

With many bird populations declining, scientists are looking for new ways to help protect and conserve vital species. Thanks to a partnership with the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, Virginia Tech is now home to a new, high-profile position that aims to build social science capacity within the bird conservation community through research, partnerships, and [...]