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Cerulean Warbler Summit 2:
Development and Implementation of Conservation Actions

Agenda and Presentations

February 13-15, 2007
Waterfront Place Hotel, Morgantown, WV


Tuesday, February 13



Welcome, Overview of Cerulean Warbler Technical Group, and Introduction to Workshop Objectives

  • Randy Dettmers – Welcome! (pdf of slide presentation)


Review of progress on priority activities identified during 2002 Cerulean Summit 1 and update on our current state of Cerulean knowledge


Overview of draft CERW conservation action plan


Developing Population and Habitat Objectives at Multiple Scales

  1. short presentation on where estimates of population trend and size come from and a set of potential global population objectives for the participants to consider
  1. group discussion to elicit different perspectives on the proposed global population objectives, followed by a scoring exercise (30 minutes)
  2. Present results of scoring exercise to entire group and establish agreement on a global population objective for CERW   (30 minutes)
  3. Break out by geographic regions to determine regional population and/or habitat objectives that will support the global population objective  (1.5 hrs)



Wednesday, February 14



Review of outcomes from previous afternoon; Introduction today’s activities/exercises and intended outcomes (i.e., what will need to be done to reach the objectives developed during the previous afternoon?)

Breakout by geographic regions

  • Develop lists of factors limiting our ability to reach the population objectives in each region; provide scores for magnitude of effect and confidence for each factor; uses scores to help identify the most critical limiting factors for each region
  • followed by a voting exercise to elicit participants’ input on which limiting factors are most critical at the global scale (voting occurs during the break)

Breakouts by topical issues to identify critical information needs hindering our ability to develop effective conservation actions – proposed issues for breakout groups:


1) "site specific" demographic factors: e.g., fecundity, survival
2) "movement" demographic factors: e.g., dispersal (juvenile & adult), migratory connectivity
3) survey and monitoring tools: e.g, improving population size & trend estimates at multiple scales, appropriate parameters for assessing progress toward population goals
4) behavioral characteristics: scale-dependent habitat selection, non-breeding dietary flexibility, breeding season semi-coloniality, non-breeding season territoriality or sociality
5) broader non-bird information needs: changes in land-tenure patterns, fluctuating timber markets, projections of coal supply and demand, second-home developments in the Appalachian Bird Conservation Region

    • brainstorm a list of the critical information needs under each topical issue – what information are we lacking for making effective progress on conservation goals?
    • from the brainstormed list, select the five most critical information needs


Presentation to entire group of products/outcomes from morning breakouts to develop a common sense of the most critical limiting factors
and set the stage for afternoon breakouts where management recommendations are developed to address those limiting factors.  Discussion from entire group and opportunity to refine or enhance list of most critical limiting factors, if needed



Breakouts by critical limiting factors as identified in morning breakouts

a) develop list of management recommendations or other conservation activities that could be developed to reduce impacts to CERW under each critical limiting factor;

b) within each breakout group, provide scores (from 1 to 3) for the level of urgency of need, magnitude of its effect, and certainty of effect for each of the brainstormed actions that was just created; use scores to help identify high priority actions for further development after the break

c) within each breakout group: for the management recommendations or conservation activities that were just identified as highest priority by that group, develop detailed management recommendations, prescriptions or other conservation actions that can be used to reduce the impacts to CERW from limiting factors




Presentations of conservation actions developed by each breakout group from Wednesday afternoon (15-20 min per group) – opportunity for everyone to review recommended activities, ask questions, and provide additional input



Synthesis presentation on management recommendations, including summary of activities by regions and for which various organizations are identified as key partners for implementation


Introduce Cerulean Warbler Technical Group website, including tools for tracking progress toward conservation goals and maintaining communication among partners
Also discuss opportunities for reviewing product from this workshop and the next steps for the Cerulean Warbler Technical Committee


Closing Presentation – The Future of Cerulean Warbler Conservation
— Pat Keyser


11:30am   ADJOURN


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