The Sonoran Joint Venture recently selected its finalists for the 2017 SJV Awards Program. The objective of the SJV Awards Program is to support the investigation and conservation of birds and their habitats within SJV boundaries by providing funds through a competitive program. The SJV is pleased to announce the following award recipients.
Project Description Under the guidance of the Arizona Bird Conservation Initiative (ABCI), the Arizona Coordinated Bird Monitoring (AZCBM) Program has been developed to provide a framework for the design and implementation of the long-term monitoring of Arizona’s birds. The goal is to establish a monitoring program which is coordinated among federal, tribal, state, and private
Project Description We propose to develop a strategic Conservation Action Plan for the San Jacinto Valley, California, which will bring multiple stakeholders to the planning process including state wildlife management staff, conservation non-profits, dairy farmers, and local communities and developers. The goal is to develop bird conservation recommendations and management strategies that can dramatically impact
Project Description Southern Sonora contains large saltwater estuaries that are important wintering and migratory habitats for many species of shorebirds, waterfowl, seabirds, and colonial waterbirds. There are very few data available concerning wintering aquatic bird populations. Increased monitoring will help inform management and conservation planning for this important region. This project will provide data for
Project Description Projections from global circulation models predict an increase in aridity and major climatic changes in the arid southwestern United States and northern Mexico. Nesting phenology and reproductive success of species like Rufous-winged Sparrow (Peucaea carpalis) and other native desert birds could be used as early indicators of the climate change in the region.
Project Description The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) coordinates an annual region-wide multi-agency marsh bird survey effort throughout the Lower Colorado River valley region (Arizona, California, Nevada, Sonora, and Baja California). This survey effort has occurred annually since 1978 and provides the data needed to assess the status of the endangered Yuma Ridgway’s Rail. In
Project Description The Prescott College Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies proposes to build upon its Waterbird Monitoring Program (WMP) in the Midriff Island region of the Gulf of California. With its permanent presence, partnerships, and proven record of successful waterbird monitoring, the WMP contributes to habitat protection efforts integrating monitoring, research and
Project Description Land managers often lack easy access to detailed habitat requirements for grassland birds. The best management practices for grassland bird species vary by location and species. Production of an easy to use pocket guide that is linked to the NRCS soil based key to major land resource areas in Arizona will greatly assist
The new southwest AKN node will enable the SJV and its partners to coordinate, gather and visualize data across the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico, to understand and better address conservation problems.
Project Description We will implement a breeding bird survey combining transect and point count protocols used by the Arizona Important Bird Areas Project with a nest watch program. We will also share survey and nest watch data with conservation partners in Arizona and northwest Mexico via digital media, printed materials, Skype conferencing, and presentations at appropriate