The VFWD Bird Biologist leads nongame bird conservation planning and implementation across the state in collaboration with key partners, and represents VFWD in regional and national efforts. They address conservation needs of threatened and endangered bird species, and they promote stable and resilient populations of other Species of Greatest Conservation Need by identifying and overseeing activities to reduce or mitigate threats. Working in close partnership with other experts, agencies, and organizations, the Bird Biologist plans and implements research and monitoring to determine bird species’ distribution, population status, threats, and conservation needs, and implements strategies that address identified threats. They often use existing research, survey programs, and tools to inform conservation priorities and measures. The Bird Biologist reviews development project permits under Act 250 and Section 248 for VFWD and the Agency of Natural Resources to determine potential impacts on threatened and endangered bird species, reviews takings permits, works with applicants to minimize or mitigate impacts, and provides feedback on permit conditions. Another major responsibility of the Bird Biologist is to conduct planning, administration and habitat management and conservation measures and activities on select state Wildlife Management Areas. This includes serving on a district stewardship team, contributing to the development of long-range management plans, and implementing habitat management. The Bird Biologist promotes VFWD activities, lends their expertise to the Vermont Bird Scientific Advisory Group for the Endangered Species Committee, and assists researchers, agencies, land managers, conservation organizations, and the general public regarding the biology, status, and management needs of birds in Vermont.
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