by Kelly VanBeek Despite significant advances in conservation policy and land-use practice, stewards of Midwest grasslands face persistent challenges in sustaining the ecological and economic values of pasture, hayfield, and prairie ecosystems. The Midwest Grasslands Network with support from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Midwest Division of Migratory Birds introduced a newly developed resource to […]Read more »
Currently, the individuals and functions that formerly comprised the PIF Midwest Working Group and its constituent State working groups are now deeply and broadly integrated with other Midwest bird conservation networks—most notably:
- Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership (MCBMP)
- Landbird Science Team of the Upper Mississippi River, Great Lakes Region Joint Venture
- Landbird science support in the Central Hardwoods Joint Venture
- Landbird science support in the Prairie Pothole Joint Venture
- State Bird Conservation Initiatives in Wisconsin, Ohio, Missouri, and Michigan.
Although the MCBMP is nominally focused on monitoring, it was consciously designed to provide information and decision support for the full suite of strategic conservation activities (for all bird taxa)—biological planning, landscape design, conservation delivery, and evaluation. At a regional scale, the MCBMP hosts several very active working groups that each have strategic or work plans and which meet regularly to actualize those plans and share insights.
The Midwest Avian Data Center (MWADC), a node of the Avian Knowledge Network, serves as a data hub and decision support framework for Midwest bird activities.
The graphic below illustrates the relationships between the landbird portions of the Midwest Working Group:
All Midwest working groups are open to participation to individuals and organizations who wish to contribute actively to Midwest bird conservation or be linked, formally or informally, with these groups. Follow the links below to learn more about each of the working groups.
- Midwest Migration Network
- Northern Forest Birds Working Group
- Midwest Grassland Bird Working Group
- Demographics Monitoring Working Group
- Midwest Nocturnal Birds Working Group
Please visit our data repositories and decision support sites:
Working Group News
Every year, many bird researchers catch warblers, finches, thrushes and other feathered travelers to better understand their routes and migration patterns. A number of conservation initiatives seek to secure land to help species make their trek thousands of miles southward. But without a collective vision, these efforts may not be enough to protect birds in the Great Lakes region.Read more »
Analysis of long-term forest bird monitoring data from national forests of the western Great Lakes Region
Abstract: Breeding bird communities in forests of the western Great Lakes region are among the most diverse in North America, but the forest environment in this region has changed dramatically during the past 150 years. To address concerns about loss of biodiversity due to ongoing forest harvesting and to better inform forest planning, researchers have […]Read more »