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Webinar: A Landscape Scale Framework for Cooperative Grassland Bird Conservation

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Scheduled Time: Tuesday, January 15 2:00 – 3:00 PM (EST)


Presented By: Katie Koch, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Migratory Bird Biologist, Ryan Drum, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Wildlife Biologist, Christine Ribic, Unit Leader, US Geological Survey, Wisconsin Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, and David Sample, Grassland Community Ecologist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources


Description: Grassland birds are among the fastest and most consistently declining birds in North America. Many reasons for declines have been suggested, including loss of perennial grassland habitats. But the nature of this conservation challenge is complex. A team of 11 individuals representing state and federal agencies, universities, and non-governmental organizations convened at the USFWS National Conservation Training Center in September 2011 to explore this issue using the Structured Decision Making process. The framework developed included the following novel approaches to the problem: 1) modeling grassland bird survival throughout the annual cycle and linking conservation at varying stages (i.e., breeding, migration, wintering), and 2) linking grassland bird populations with landowner decisions (and resulting landscape configurations) by using an agent-based model. We will discuss how the model framework will enable evaluation of conservation policies and management practices to help design conservation landscapes that aim to eventually stabilize and possibly increase grassland bird populations. Examples of how this approach is directly feeding into on-going landscape scale collaborations across the annual cycle to help managers and decision makers integrate management and social issues into efforts to deliver conservation at local, regional, and national scales will be presented.


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Questions about webinar content: Contact Rich Minnis, NCTC, 304-876-7208 (richard_minnis@fws.gov)

Trouble Registering: Contact Marilyn Williams, NCTC, 304-876-7940 (marilyn_williams@fws.gov)

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