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Loggerhead Shrike Working Group

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AMJV Wintering Grounds Highlights - Loggerhead Shrike Working Group
The Loggerhead Shrike Working Group was established in 2013 in response to the need for international collaboration on Loggerhead Shrike (LOSH) conservation in eastern North America. In eastern Canada, a remnant population of LOSH is listed as federally Endangered and confined to the province of Ontario. This population is believed to be limited by factors at work on its wintering grounds in the eastern U.S. At the same time, declines in both the breeding and wintering populations of LOSH in the U.S. have resulted in the species’ near-absence from many northern states, with West Virginia and the Appalachian portion of Virginia representing the northern stronghold for the species. Although more abundant in many southeastern states, LOSH is nonetheless experiencing substantial declines across much of its eastern range.
The Working Group is advancing shrike conservation by building partnerships among government agencies, academics and NGOs and pursuing conservation priorities under the soon-to-be-finalized ‘Loggerhead Shrike Conservation Action Plan’. Among these is a multi-state banding project designed to improve understanding of shrike genetics, and of connectivity between breeding and wintering populations to ultimately identify limiting factors. Standardized protocols for shrike occupancy surveys are currently in development. Predictive occupancy/distribution models have recently been developed for the southeast U.S. and for Ontario. The group has been meeting annually since 2014 in conjunction with the Southeast Partners in Flight conference.
Opportunities for Involvement: Participation is open to government agencies, non-governmental and other professional organizations, and universities with interest in/experience with shrikes.
Partners: African Lion Safari, Arkansas State University, Conservation Centers for Species Survival, Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada - Ontario Region, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Queen’s University, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, US Forest Service’s George Washington/Jefferson National Forests, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, West Virginia University, Wildlife Preservation Canada.
Contact: Sergio Harding (sergio.harding@dgif.virginia.gov).


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