The North American Bird Conservation Initiative Monitoring Subcommittee drafted Data Management for Bird Population Monitoring Policy Statements to facilitate full and open access to quality data for bird population monitoring. To this end, the Subcommittee sponsored a workshop in July 2009 where attendees developed criteria to enable bird initiatives to evaluate management frameworks for each priority database across all bird initiatives. These criteria resulted in unified recommendations to address resource needs to protect extant and create desired but nonexistent priority databases in the long term. These are outlined in Meeting the Challenge of Data Management for Bird Conservation.
Working within the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, Partners in Flight, and other collaborations, Klamath Bird Observatory takes a lead role in developing strategic bird and habitat conservation plans and other technical publications. Such plans are often detailed and information rich, representing the collective efforts of numerous individuals from multiple agencies and organizations. They are prepared to 1) stimulate and support a proactive approach to conservation and offer recommendations intended to guide planning efforts and the habitat management actions of land managers, 2) direct expenditures of government and non-government organizations, and 3) stimulate monitoring and research to support conservation. Often, the recommendations serve as the biological foundation for developing and implementing integrated conservation strategies for multiple species at multiple geographic scales to ensure functional ecosystems as indicated by healthy populations of landbirds.
The Partners in Flight Strategic Action Plan identifies broad goals and objectives that capture the huge array of actions necessary to achieve landbird conservation. The Plan also includes specific tasks to be achieved over the next several years.
Saving Our Shared Birds: Partners in Flight Tri-National Vision for Landbird Conservation presents for the first time a comprehensive conservation assessment of landbirds in Canada, Mexico, and the continental United States. This new tri-national vision encompasses the complete range of many migratory species and highlights the vital links among migrants and highly threatened resident species in Mexico. It points to a set of continent-scale actions necessary to maintain the landbird diversity and abundance that are our shared responsibility.
The Coniferous Forest Bird Conservation Plan: A Strategy for Protecting and Managing Coniferous Forest Habitats and Associated Birds in California has been developed to help guide conservation policy and action on behalf of coniferous habitats and associated landbirds throughout California. The Conservation Plan is a synthesis of the current state of knowledge concerning birds in California's coniferous forests and the problems they face. Recommendations presented here can be used by land managers to support viable populations of birds that depend on these forests for breeding.
Habitat Conservation for Landbirds in the Coniferous Forests of Western Oregon and Washington has been prepared to stimulate and support a proactive approach to the conservation of landbirds in coniferous forests of western Oregon and Washington. This Partners in Flight bird conservation plan offers recommendations intended to guide planning efforts and the habitat management actions of land managers, direct expenditures of government and non-government organizations, and stimulate monitoring and research to support landbird conservation. The recommendations also are expected to be the biological foundation for developing and implementing integrated conservation strategies for multiple species at multiple geographic scales to ensure functional ecosystems as indicated by healthy populations of landbirds.
Informing Ecosystem Management: Science and Process for Landbird Conservation in the Western United States presents ten examples illustrating both the process and science behind bird conservation in the west. The articles 1) describe integrating bird conservation and effectiveness monitoring into land management guidelines with an emphasis on partnerships; and 2) present case studies which highlight bird monitoring within the adaptive management framework. This U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biological Technical Publication emphasizes both the science of monitoring and the process of its integration into land management because both are necessary in order for effectiveness monitoring to fully impact decision making. The document is intended to advance bird conservation by outlining how to better integrate science and land management.
The Landbird Monitoring Strategy for Oregon and Washington offers a comprehensive approach to identifying and meeting monitoring priorities in this region. This strategy aligns with national monitoring goals of Partners in Flight and the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI), as well as with the priorities and guiding documents of numerous federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, Joint Ventures, and Landscape Conservation Cooperatives. Guided by the four monitoring priorities of NABCI, this strategy identifies seven monitoring goals and associated short and long term measurable actions. This strategy will be useful in identifying links between organizational and regional priorities, assessing existing monitoring programs and developing new monitoring programs, and for scaling programs up to contribute to regional information needs.
Land Manager's Guide to Bird Habitat and Populations in Oak Ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest provides an overview of oak ecosystems and discusses threats to these environments with focus on the habitat relationships between birds and oak habitats.