Restoring Riparian Habitats in Southern Oregon and Northern California: A Guide for Private Landowners describes how to apply best-practice restoration techniques for riparian (streamside) habitats in our region. The guide discusses the importance of riparian habitat for wildlife, and provides detailed guidelines for private landowners interested in initiating a restoration project on their land.
Avian Knowledge Northwest’s intention is to build broad regional and state partnerships around eBird Northwest to (1) expand participation in eBird and citizen science efforts that can support conservation through informed natural resource management, (2) engage the birding community, (3) provide a news and information service that enhances recreational wildlife viewing and links such recreation with science‐based conservation efforts, and (4) increase the coverage and availability of citizen science data for conservation and education purposes. This eBird portal serves as a host to specific citizen science projects that can be issue- or habitat-driven (e.g., Birds in Oak Woodlands, or Important Bird Area Monitoring), or geographically-based (e.g., state wildlife monitoring).
Avian Knowledge Northwest is a regional node of the Avian Knowledge Network, a data archive and decision support system that focuses on understanding the patterns and dynamics of bird populations across the Western Hemisphere. The Avian Knowledge Northwest node provides conservation science data and information to users in the northwestern United States. As the primary citizen science application of Avian Knowledge Northwest, eBird Northwest supports efficient engagement with northwestern audiences to advance bird and habitat conservation. In addition eBird Northwest encourages engagement from specific local and state partners and provides a portal to attract local and state birding communities to citizen science projects as well as share birding information and news relevant to the local and broader eBird communities.
Klamath Bird Observatory, Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and other conservation partners developed eBird Northwest to build a broad regional and state partnership around this citizen science application. An eBird Northwest Content Committee generates news stories of interest to local and regional audiences in the Northwest. A Citizen Science Committee was formed to help partners develop relevant, regional eBird projects to be hosted by eBird Northwest that will address specific objectives to meet local, state, and regional needs and allow users to contribute data according to explicit protocols. This committee also helps to design specific data queries of interest to users in the region.
We are seeking a broad partnership to support and participate in the growth and sustainability of eBird Northwest, to connect users into one of the world’s most significant long‐term science projects, and to make the Pacific Northwest one of the most eBirded regions in the world. For more information contact John Alexander (jda [AT] KlamathBird.org, 541-890-7067) or Eric Gardner (eric.gardner [AT] dfw.wa.gov, 360-902-2510).
The 2010 report considers one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time, climate change. How will the impacts of climate change influence our bird populations and their habitats? Accelerated climate change as a result of human activities is altering the natural world as we know it, diminishing the quality of our environment. This report calls attention to the collective efforts needed to protect nature’s resources for the benefit of people and wildlife.
The 2011 report provides the nation’s first assessment of the distribution of birds on public lands and helps public agencies identify which species have significant potential for conservation in each habitat. The state of our birds is a measurable indicator of how well we are doing as stewards of our environment. The signal is clear. Greater conservation efforts on public lands and waters are needed to realize the vision of a nation sustained economically and spiritually by abundant natural resources and spectacular wildlife.
The 2014 State of the Birds assesses the health of our nation’s bird populations through a set of habitat indicators, a Watch List of species most vulnerable to extinction, and a list of the Common Birds in Steep Decline. Habitat indicators are based on the population changes of obligate bird species—those birds restricted to a single habitat—where long-term monitoring data is available. This year’s indicators repeat the method from the original 2009 State of the Birds.
The 2013 report highlights the enormous contributions private landowners make to bird and habitat conservation, and opportunities for increased contributions. Roughly 60% of land area in the United States (1.43 billion acres) is privately owned by millions of individuals, families, organizations, and corporations, including 2 million ranchers and farmers and about 10 million woodland owners. More than 100 species have 50% or more of their U.S. breeding distribution on private lands.his State of the Birds report reveals troubling declines of bird populations during the past 40 years—a warning signal of the failing health of our ecosystems. At the same time, we see heartening evidence that strategic land management and conservation action can reverse declines of birds. This report calls attention to the collective efforts needed to protect nature’s resources for the benefit of people and wildlife.
This original State of the Birds report reveals troubling declines of bird populations during the past 40 years—a warning signal of the failing health of our ecosystems. At the same time, we see heartening evidence that strategic land management and conservation action can reverse declines of birds. This report calls attention to the collective efforts needed to protect nature’s resources for the benefit of people and wildlife.