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Katie Koch

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  1. The Avian Knowledge Alliance (AKA) is an international group of organizations dedicated to amassing, archiving, and communicating knowledge gained from the study of birds. The AKA brings together the unique capacities and roles of non‐government organizations (NGOs) with broad participation from government agencies, academic institutions and others. Together, these organizations provide the following: • Extensive involvement in ongoing monitoring of bird populations, including vital rates, using coordinated protocols, and sampling designs; • Sophisticated shared data management infrastructure; • Experience in data analysis and the design of Decision Support Tools; • Information flow within the context of Strategic Conservation; • Demonstrated improvements in efficiency and reductions in redundancy of efforts; and • Commitment to the 10 principles of NABCI’s Opportunities for Improving Avian Monitoring and The Northeast Bird Monitoring Handbook. Efforts are underway across North America to move away from independent, piecemeal efforts directing bird conservation to collectively improving bird monitoring. Much progress is being made, and many useful products are being delivered. As we collectively shift into the paradigm of landscape‐based, multi‐stakeholder conservation of bird populations, these success stories highlight how collective action is paramount for improving conservation design and delivery into the future.
  2. The Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership is a regional network committed to informed bird conservation decisions through enhanced coordination and exchange of monitoring information. We are aligned to help biologists, biometricians, data managers, wildlife administrators, and citizen scientists achieve five overarching goals: Integration of monitoring into bird management and conservation; Broadening the scope of monitoring for species most at risk and for which we lack adequate information to make effective decisions; Coordination of programs among organizations and across spatial scales; Improvement of survey design, field methods, and data analysis; and Deployment of modern data management strategies. Since 2009, we have been accomplishing these goals through regular workshops, an interactive website, registry of Midwest bird monitoring programs, focused working groups, and a state-of-the-art system for archiving, analyzing, and accessing data. (We regularly partner with people outside of the Upper Midwest region on shared needs and to conserve birds across the annual cycle!)
  3. The Avian Knowledge Alliance (AKA) is an international group of organizations dedicated to amassing, archiving, and communicating knowledge gained from the study of birds. The AKA brings together the unique capacities and roles of non-government organizations (NGOs) with broad participation from government agencies, academic institutions and others. Together, these organizations provide the following: Extensive involvement in ongoing monitoring of bird populations, including vital rates, using coordinated protocols, and sampling designs; Sophisticated shared data management infrastructure; Experience in data analysis and the design of Decision Support Tools; Information flow within the context of Strategic Conservation; Demonstrated improvements in efficiency and reductions in redundancy of efforts; and Commitment to the 10 principles of NABCI’s Opportunities for Improving Avian Monitoring and The Northeast Bird Monitoring Handbook. To join or follow their efforts, visit their new interactive website today: http://avianknowledg...iance.ning.com/
  4. Join us at the 2012 Midwest Bird Conservation and Monitoring Workshop July 31 - August 2 in downtown Milwaukee at the Hilton Milwaukee City Center. This classic downtown hotel preserves the history of Milwaukee and has served its community for 85 years. We'll be within walking distance of excellent dining and sight-seeing opportunities following each day's workshop activities. Registration will open in May, and a block of discount hotel rooms will be available for reservations shortly thereafter. Participants will be responsible for individual travel, lodging and per diem expenses. Come present a poster, participate in a collaborative work session, and enjoy the camaraderie, inspiring presentations, and Lake Michigan shoreline! Be there! Details to follow later this month!!! Katie Koch Coordinator Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership katie_koch@fws.gov 906-226-1249
  5. The U.S. Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act established an annual, competitive grants program to support projects that promote the conservation of neotropical migratory birds and their habitats in the United States, Canada, Latin America or the Caribbean. Proposals for the next grant cycle are due no later than 30 November 2011. More information and application instructions are available at http://www.fws.gov/birdhabitat/Grants/NMBCA/index.shtm. Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Program US Fish and Wildlife Service - DBHC 4401 N. Fairfax Dr. - MBSP 4075 Arlington, VA 22203, USA neotropical@fws.gov http://birdhabitat.fws.gov/Nmbca/eng_neo.htm Follow us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/usfwsmigratorybirds Program Contacts: Guy Foulks 703-358-1944 Andrea Grosse 703-358-2472 Office Fax: 703-358-2282
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