Dickcissel. USFWS photo.
Monitoring and Research
Bird monitoring and research are critical components to ensuring our conservation actions are efficient, strategic and adapt to changing stressors impacting migratory birds and habitat. Monitoring efforts can provide valuable data on avian distribution, abundance, demographics, and health. Bird monitoring has an essential role to play in bird conservation planning, guiding design of on-the-ground activities, and evaluation of implementation actions to inform conservation and management decisions.
The Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership is a regional network for bird conservation through enhanced coordination and exchange of monitoring information. Here you can find a complete directory of bird monitoring programs in the Midwest.
A regional node of the Avian Knowledge Network, Midwest Avian Data Center is making timely and relevant scientific data and analyses readily accessible to habitat managers, conservation practitioners, scientists, and the public.
The Habitat and Population Evaluation Team (HAPET) provides biological support to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wetland Management Districts, National Wildlife Refuges, partners, and various conservation agencies and organizations in the Prairie Pothole portion of Minnesota and Iowa.
The Avian Health and Disease Program is designed to identify, understand and address avian health issues to support avian conservation, population monitoring, and management goals in the context of habitat fragmentation, changes in land-use patterns, climate change, and globalization of marketing and distribution.