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Legacy and Current IWMM Data: Understanding Downloads and Reports

Data collection under the Integrated Waterbird Management and Monitoring Program got underway in fall 2010 when the pilot phase was initiated. During the initial survey seasons, IWMM staff used monitoring data and feedback from participants to target critical information needs, validate monitoring methods and to address logistical concerns. While the bird observation approach has essentially [...]

By |January 18th, 2017|Protocols|0 Comments

Enhance Your Refuge’s Role in Waterbird Conservation

IWMM was recently featured in the Division of Natural Resources and Conservation Planning Science Support Digest. If you are trying to understand how your Refuge can contribute to Waterbird Conservation, check out the article here.

By |October 25th, 2016|Insights|0 Comments

Be a Part of the IWMM Team: Use Our Online Tools

Lesser Yellowlegs. USFWS Waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds frequently overlap in habitat use, with each guild having specific habitat requirements during the breeding, migration and winter seasons.  This makes habit management for waterbirds a challenging, year-round job.  Integrated Waterbird Management and Monitoring (IWMM) was developed to specifically address habitat needs for waterbirds during [...]

By |October 25th, 2016|News|0 Comments

New Science Coordinator!

IWMM Announces New Science Coordinator IWMM is pleased to have Dr. Mindy Rice on board as a spacial ecologist IWMM is pleased to announce that Dr. Mindy Rice was hired as a spatial ecologist with the Natural Resource Program Center (NRPC) in Fort Collins, Colorodo, part of the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS), [...]

By |October 25th, 2016|News|0 Comments

Full Participation in IWMM Equals Full Benefits!

Integrated Waterbird Management and Monitoring (IWMM) provides managers a transparent and defensible conservation decision-making framework linked across multiple scales.  This conservation approach integrates monitoring, modeling and decision support to optimize local wetland management while supporting continental waterbird populations.  Local decision support models guide and inform coordinated management of habitat at multiple units across a landscape [...]

By |October 25th, 2016|Insights|0 Comments

Database News!

Database Developments: Reporting Tools and Download Functionality Have Arrived! On October 12, IWMM presented the third in a series of training webinars to get IWMM users oriented to our online database. This training focused specifically on the reporting tools and download features of the database. The training reviewed the IWMM-AKN portal and definitions; provided an [...]

By |October 25th, 2016|News|0 Comments

More Than Birds: Note on the IWMM Database

Vegetation Survey Waterbird surveys over the migration and wintering periods have coincided with wetland management efforts for decades. However, bird counts alone cannot be linked to habitat conditions and management actions. Recording habitat conditions and management actions concurrent with bird use represent critical steps in building this link. To this end, participants using [...]

By |March 17th, 2016|News|1 Comment

Getting started with IWMM

Establishing Survey Units and Observation Points The first step in getting started with IWMM is to define your survey unit where waterbird counts, unit conditions, annual vegetation assessments and the recording of management actions will be conducted. In the simplest terms, the survey unit is a discrete area with fixed boundaries that stay the same [...]

By |November 30th, 2015|Insights|0 Comments

Framework Versus Manual: Which Do I Use

The IWMM Monitoring Protocol was developed as a rapid assessment of habitat conditions and waterbird use at wetlands during the non-breeding period. During an extensive pilot phase, the protocols were tested via two validation studies and participant feedback was obtained on what was working and what was not. These efforts have led to revised and [...]

By |November 30th, 2015|Protocols|0 Comments

IWMM Migration Model Available in Peer-reviewed Journal, Ecological Applications

This manuscript describes a mechanistic model of bird migration based on a bio-energetic approach is designed to be used widely by bird conservation partnerships. The unique aspect of this approach is that it allows us to understand how local actions (e.g., acquisition or restoration) affect flyway or continental populations.  Most non-breeding bird habitat conservation efforts [...]

By |November 5th, 2015|News|5 Comments