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Jennifer Wheeler

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  1. Gone too soon. It was a privilege to know and work with Russ on a variety of projects -- I will miss his quiet demeanor, low key approach and brilliant insights. - Jennifer Wheeler
  2. Dear All, A few months ago, a document entitled "Monitoring Secretive Marshbirds for Sound Conservation Decisions at Multiple Scales" was circulated through this network and others. The paper requested input on five specific questions from anyone interested in contributing to the development of a continental marshbird monitoring program built on the needs of marshbird conservation and management. The paper, along with a spreadsheet containing responses, is posted at: http://www.waterbirdconservation.org/marshmonitoring.html. Thank you to all respondants. The responses confirmed that the marshbird monitoring community seeks to address many different management issues, arising from local-scale to range-wide mandates, ranging from understanding general species status to guiding regional-scale habitat management to directing very specific site-actions. Moreover, the community operates under diverse field conditions and levels of capacity; thus flexibility is a key need when making recommendations to the community. Moreover, great potential for partner/joint monitoring efforts exists to address common or overlapping questions/objectives arising from these many issues. Many partners have expressed interest in and financial/staffing commitments to implementing multi-scale secretive marshbird conservation and monitoring for both harvested and non-game species. T he responses were used in the planning of a summit workshop taking place next week outside Mobile, Alabama. The Steering Committee for this workshop were the paper authors (Tom Cooper, Chris Dwyer, Katie Koch, Mark Seamans, Jennifer Wheeler; all USFWS) plus Courtney Conway (USGS), Greg Shriver (U.Delaware) and Dan Petit (who facilitated the pivotal 1998 and 2006 marshbird monitoring workshops). The Steering Committee felt strongly about keeping the size of the meeting manageable. The ~30 individuals invited to the workshop reflect the diversity of stakeholders (from public and private entities; across North America; concerned with population and habitat management; etc) but are only a sampling of the large number of people and entities interested in this topic. Therefore, they have been asked to think broadly and represent the interests of their broader partnerships and regions. Moreover, any products of the workshop would be considered draft, open to comment and improvement by others after the workshop. In short, there will be opportunities for additional stakeholder input after the summit. The workshop will focus on laying out the management issues and the monitoring objectives based on these issues, in order to identify designs that address these commonalities and overlaps. The aim is increased efficiency of effort as well as providing the multi-scale context required for decision-making (local decisions should be made within a larger context; larger goals rely on local action). Ultimately, the Steering Committee envisions production of a "business plan," describing a program of likely multiple surveys across the content and incorporating statements on roles and costs/benefits of particular designs. This document, once completed over the coming months, would be for use in communicating with implementers as well as the program managers and funders who make implementation possible. Again, thank you to all who have provided feedback and who have otherwise invested in improving marshbird monitoring in North America. Jennifer Jennifer Wheeler Waterbird Coordinator Waterbird Conservation for the Americas --------------------------------------------------------- Division of Migratory Bird Management U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop MBSP Arlington, VA 22203 703-358-1931 (voice) 703-358-2217 (fax) Jennifer_A_Wheeler@fws.gov www.waterbirdconservation.org
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