The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) coordinates an annual region-wide multi-agency marsh bird survey effort throughout the Lower Colorado River valley region (AZ, CA, NV, and Mexico). This survey effort has occurred annually since 1978 and provides the data needed to assess the status of the endangered Yuma Clapper Rail. In 2006, the survey became a multi-species survey effort due to an increase in training provided to the agency personnel conducting the surveys. We need funding to continue this successful and vital training workshop so that the data collected by this highly collaborative, partnering survey effort are reliable and can be used to inform management and listing decisions by USFWS and other state, federal, and tribal agencies in the SJV region. The main objective is to offer a rigorous 3-day training workshop for each of the next two years for agency biologists involved in the annual marshbird survey effort coordinated by USFWS, Ecological Services.
Dr. Courtney Conway
University of Idaho
College of Natural Resources
Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
Idaho Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit Leader