Restoring Oak Habitats in Southern Oregon & Northern California: A Guide for Private Landowners describes how to apply conservation practices for Oregon white oak and California black oak habitats on private lands in southern Oregon and northern California. The document first discusses the importance and history of oak habitats and then provides detailed conservation guidelines for oak habitat restoration.
Avian Knowledge Northwest offer limited data archiving services. We are maintaining an archive that preserves the entirety of the data that were originally contributed to LaMNA by data owners. We are also providing limited access to these archived data, at the request of the data owners.
Landbird Monitoring Network of the Americas (LaMNA) primary purpose was to prevent the loss of banding data that were not archived within other programs. LaMNA also supported efforts to better understand bird population dynamics at continent-wide scales though data access, visualization, and analysis.
In 2005, LaMNA began working with the Avian Knowledge Network to provide archival, curation, analysis, and access services for the bird banding community. LaMNA’s efforts resulted in a substantial data archive, but much effort is still needed to ensure vulnerable banding data are protected from loss, curated, made available, and analyzed.
The detailed data collected when banding birds are among the most vulnerable to loss, in part due to variation in specifics regarding the data, including both morphometrics and information about effort. While at-risk, these banding data have also been prioritized. They document vital information needed to inform the full life-cycle conservation of migratory birds, such as demographic information essential for understanding the causes of population change.
Basic data required by the North American Bird Banding Program (e.g., location, date, species, age, and sex) for permit compliance are well archived and made available the US Bird Banding Laboratory and the Canadian Bird Banding Office. More detailed banding data contributed to the Institute for Bird Populations’ MAPS (Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship) and MoSI (Monitoring Neotropical Migrants in Winter) programs are also well curated, archived, and made available. However, banding data that fall outside of these programs need better protection, care, and access. LaMNA began the process of archiving these data.
Now the Avian Knowledge Network will be working to maintain and improve upon the data archive, analysis, access, and exploration services that were developed by LaMNA. The Avian Knowledge Northwest node is now offering a limited set of these services.
Avian Knowledge Northwest is accepting new data contributions for archive on a limited basis. Many database formats are acceptable and must be accompanied by meta-data including data collection protocol, data code definitions, geo-location, and data access permission level.
Please contact Kimberly Hollinger; (707) 825-2972 to inquire about contributing banding data.
Prairie, Oaks, and People—A Conservation Business Plan to Revitalize the Prairie-Oak Habitats of the Pacific Northwest outlines the case for long-term investments that will restore a signature feature of the region’s historic landscape. A broad coalition of partners created the new conservation strategy to help conserve oak woodlands and native prairies from northern California to British Columbia. The plan is the product of more than a year’s work by partners of Klamath Bird Observatory, Cascadia Prairie-Oak Partnership, American Bird Conservancy, Center for Natural Lands Management, Willamette Partnership, and Pacific Birds Habitat Joint Venture.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.