Waterbird Monitoring

Moist-soil vegetation with seeds, which are an important waterfowl food, at Tishomingo NWR

Tishomingo NWR's Site Specific Protocol for Integrated Waterbird Management and Monitoring is Complete


Imagine setting out on a road trip across the country and after 8 hours of driving, you cannot find a hotel to rest or a restaurant to get a meal! Even worse, you get to your destination and your hosts are not expecting you! That would definitely be a bummer of a road trip! Through the conservation network of managed lands, the National Wildlife Refuge System provides food and rest stops and destinations for waterfowl on their annual migratory journey.

The Integrated Waterbird Management and Monitoring program provides land managers the tools to ensure there is a place for birds to rest and resources available when the birds arrive. While refuge-level information provided through this program ensures the most impactful management practices, at a regional level it demonstrates contributions to the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan, Migratory Bird Joint Ventures, and other conservation programs.

Additionally, the Integrated Waterbird Management and Monitoring program can enhance recreational opportunities to hunters and enthusiasts. Congratulations to Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge for completing their Site Specific Protocol for Integrated Waterbird Management and Monitoring! Happy road tripping!