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Webinar: Yellow Rail Conservation, Research, and Monitoring in the Upper Midwest

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Do you have an interest in or work directly on monitoring, conservation, or management for secretive marshbirds in the Upper Midwest region? If so, please join me in a webinar event to learn about recent research on Yellow Rails and participate in a discussion about needs for coordinated monitoring and conservation of these especially secretive marshbirds.

I am pleased to feature the following two scientific presentations:


Evaluating Autonomous Recording Units for Monitoring Yellow Rails and Other Nocturnal Marshbirds (Abstract)

Anna Sidie-Slettedahl, South Dakota State University


Response of yellow rails to habitat and landscape features in the context of fire

Jane Austin – USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center


Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2013


Time: 1:00 - 2:30 PM EST


Phone: 866-912-2391


Passcode: 1221990


Webex Link: http://www.mymeeting...STBIRDS&t=c

(You will need to call into the conference line to have audio)

If you have any additional questions, please contact me, and feel free to distribute this widely.


Katie Koch, Midwest Bird Monitoring Coordinator


US Fish and Wildlife Service

3090 Wright St.

Marquette, MI 49855

Phone: (906) 226-1249

Fax: (906) 226-3632

Email: Katie_Koch@fws.gov

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From Katie Koch:


We had a fantastic turnout for yesterday's Yellow Rail webinar! Special thanks to Anna Sidie-Slettedahl and Jane Austin for terrific presentations and to Ken Ostermiller for taking notes. All materials from the webinar are available on the Midwest Secretive Marshbird Working Group page or by following this link:




You can also post comments on that page to keep the conversation going. Be sure to tune in next week to two webinars from the Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership (check out calendars for full details).


2013 is already starting out to be a productive and focused year for our partnership, and I'm excited to work with all of you along the way!

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