Mountain-Prairie Region
Western Colonial Waterbird Survey


white-faced Ibis in Kansas Photo Bob Gress

White-faced Ibis in Kansas Photo: Bob Gress


Forster's Tern Photo Bob Gress

Forster's Tern Photo: Bob Gress

Many states in the western U.S. identified information on colonial waterbird distribution and populations as a priority; including determining their status, identifying conservation issues, and refining conservation actions. A survey of these species was coordinated by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the interior western states. The Western Colonial Waterbird Survey (WCWS) was implemented during 2009, 2010, and 2011 (for details see Western Colonial Waterbird Survey Protocols). The final product for this phase of the WCWS is an Atlas with the numbers and locations of 19 waterbird species in eight western interior states. The final product for the western interior states is now complete.

Cavitt, J.F., S.L. Jones, N.M. Wilson, J.S. Dieni, T.S. Zimmerman, R.H. Doster and W.H. Howe. 2014. Atlas of breeding colonial waterbirds in the interior western United States. Research Report, U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Denver, Colorado

KEY TO DATA TABLES AND CODES USED IN THE MAPS of the Atlas of Breeding Colonial Waterbirds in the Interior Western United States.

WEBER STATE UNIVERSITY AVIAN ECOLOGY LABORTORY "Atlas of Breeding Colonial Waterbirds in the Interior Western United States",

Coordinated Colonial Waterbird Inventory and Monitoring

Seto, N. W. H.  2008.  Coordinated colonial waterbird inventory and monitoring in the western United States: comprehensive breeding season surveys. U.S. Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Migratory Birds and Habitat Programs, Portland, Oregon.

Western Colonial Waterbird Survey Protocols

Jones, S. L.  2008.  Western Colonial Waterbird Survey Protocols. Unpublished report, U.S. Department of Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Nongame Migratory Birds Coordinator’s Office, Denver, Colorado.




**Location (Internet addresses and contact information) of the state maps and tables for the Atlas of Breeding Colonial Waterbirds in the Interior Western United States and state databases.

**EXCEL Databases should be saved to your download file or computer and opened from there.

Atlas Maps and Tables (PDF Format)
Databases (Excel Format)

Troy Corman, Arizona Game and Fish Department, 5000 W. Carefree Highway, Phoenix, AZ 85086-5000, 623-236-7508, TCorman@azgfd.gov

David Klute, Colorado Division of Wildlife, 6060 Broadway, Denver, CO 80216, 303-291-7320, David.Klute@state.co.us
David Hanni, RMBO, 230 Cherry St., Fort Collins, CO  80521, 970-482-1707ext.13, David.Hanni@rmbo.org

Colleen Moulton, Idaho Dept. of Fish and Game, P.O. Box 25 Boise, ID 83707, 208-287-2751,colleen.moulton@idfg.idaho.gov

Catherine Wightman, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, PO Box 200701 Helena, MT  59620, 406-444-3377 (o),

Rob Doster, Migratory Bird Program, Region 8, 2800 Cottage Way, Suite W-2606, Sacramento, CA 95825, 916-414-6721, rob_doster@fws.gov

Laura Richards, Wildlife Diversity Division, Nevada Department of Wildlife, 1100 Valley Road, Reno, NV  89512, 775-688-1569, lrichard@ndow.org

Jennifer Ballard, Great Basin bird Observatory, 1755 E. Plumb Ln., Ste. 256A, Reno, NV  89502, 775-323-4226, ballard@gbbo.org

New Mexico
Bill Howe, Migratory Bird Program, P.O. Box 1306, Albuquerque, NM  87103, 505-248-6875, bill_howe@fws.gov

John Cavitt (Interior UT), Weber State University, 2505 University Circle, Ogden, UT 84408-2505, 801-626-6172, jcavitt@weber.edu

John Neill (GSL), Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, 4790 S. 7500 W, Hooper, UT 84315, 801-985-3700, johnneill@utah.gov

Andrea Orabona, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, 260 Buena Vista, Lander, WY 82520, 307-332-2688, Andrea.Orabona@wyo.gov


American White Pelicans at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge Photo: Bob Gress
American White Pelicans at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge Photo: Bob Gress

Last updated: February 3, 2014