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 »
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
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 »
Scientists Document Widespread Declines, Urgent Need for Conservation of Landbirds in U.S. and Canada
A new analysis of the population status and trends of all landbirds in the continental U.S. and Canada documents widespread declines among 450 bird species—a troubling indicator of the health of these species and their ecosystems.Read more »
Until recently, the basic building blocks for bird conservation planning have rested largely in a related series of databases that assess the status of species across a set of conservation vulnerability factors. Yet differences in methodology, database structure and accessibility, and even philosophy among separate bird conservation partnerships have resulted in a confusing array of […]Read more »