In September 2017 waterfowl and wetlands biologists and managers, social scientists, and others with an interest in waterfowl conservation gathered in Shepherdstown, West Virginia for the Future of Waterfowl Workshop 2. The goal: plan for the 2018 update to the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP). After the release of the 2012 Plan, the NAWMP Committee formed a Human Dimensions Working Group and a Public Engagement Team (SJV Coordinator Jennie Duberstein participates in both and leads a team focused on engaging the birding community). The 2018 plan update will continue to focus on learning how to better engage people in waterfowl and wetland conservation.
Despite having lost roughly 80% of historical wetlands in the Colorado River basin, about 100,000 acres remain. These are the most important wetlands in the Sonoran Desert, providing vital habitat for resident and migratory birds. Pronatura Noroeste created a long-term coordinated bird-monitoring program across the Colorado River basin, and contributes to the conservation and restoration of key sites, the protection of fresh water flows, and the harvest of water by reforestation.
A traveling teal brings biologists from Colorado State University, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Nayarit, Mexico together and proves the importance of working across borders to conserve birds and their habitats.
A 1973 article in American Birding Association’s American Birds about the urgent need for information about aridland bird habitats in the West reminds us that our work to monitor and conserve these habitats is more important than ever.
At its winter meeting, the SJV Management Board hosted partners such as Grupo de Ecología y Conservación de Islas, Pronatura Noroeste, and Intermountain Bird Observatory to share progress on bird conservation in the SJV region.
Did you know Long-billed Curlews are snowbirds? Researchers from Intermountain Bird Observatory found that birds breeding in the Intermountain West are wintering in the Mexicali and Imperial valleys of the Sonoran Joint Venture. IBO Research Director Dr. Jay Carlisle shares some thoughts on collaboration for conserving this declining species.
A recent study of wading birds in Bahía Kino in Western Sonora, Mexico, may prove critical to future efforts to conserve birds and their habitats in this unique and vital area.
Coordinated Bird Monitoring in Arizona: implementing surveys for Sonoran Desert associated species in the Arid Borderlands and Mexican Highlands regions of Arizona
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 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 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