Randy Dettmers ([email protected]), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Every fall, dozens of species of landbirds migrate from their summer breeding grounds in the United States and Canada to wintering grounds as far away as South America. The migration period is one of the most perilous stages in the life cycle for birds, and the widespread […]Read more »
The PIF International Science Committee is an open forum of scientists from universities, NGOs, and agencies in the U.S, Canada, and Mexico dedicated to advancing scientific concepts and approaches for landbird conservation at range-wide and regional scales. The PIF Science Committee develops and maintains all aspects of the PIF Species Conservation Assessment and Population Estimates Databases, and is responsible for the writing and updating of all continental and regional PIF Bird Conservation Plans, as well as Handbooks for the PIF Databases and other technical documents (see Key Resources list at right).
The Science Committee is open to anyone interested in thinking about landbird conservation issues across large spatial scales. We have 2-hour calls on the 1st Thursday of every month, and usually have a 3-day in-person working meeting at least once a year. The Science Committee is currently recruiting new members, so please contact the Chair if you are interested in participating. Current major topics of interest to the Science Committee include full life-cycle bird conservation and population modeling, landscape conservation design, regional-level species assessment score revisions for the U.S. and Canada for both the breeding and nonbreeding seasons, and population estimation.
Working Group News
Reducing bird-window collisions at a government facility: Pilot project to test Feather Friendly® bird-window collision reduction product
Krista De Groot, Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment and Climate Change Canada. After witnessing bird window collisions at offices of the Pacific Wildlife Research Centre in Delta, British Columbia, staff with the Canadian Wildlife Service were interested in collecting standardized data to better understand the extent of the issue. Following recommended protocols for collision monitoring, staff […]Read more »
Ken Rosenberg, Cornell Lab of Ornithology Just as migration experts from 6 countries are gathering this week for a symposium at the PIF VI conference in San José, Costa Rica, a major review of migration stopover and bottlenecks in the Neotropics was published this week in the journal Bird Conservation International. The review article, authored […]Read more »
Arvind Panjabi International Director, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies Just like birds depend on shared habitat, effective conservation and management of wild bird populations depends on a shared base of knowledge to inform decision-making and facilitate cooperation across organizations, jurisdictions and political boundaries. A key factor in conservation decision-making is the risk that a species […]Read more »
A new study demonstrates an improved approach to ensure protected areas enhance and conserve biodiversity. The results of the study were used to inform expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.Read more »