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Revised Protocols Are Here! NEW: Webinar Link!

IWMM’s bird and habitat monitoring protocols were revised in February 2015 based on participant feedback and a habitat metric validation study. IWMM plans to transition all users to the new protocol for the 2015-16 field season. Key revisions and clarifications to the monitoring protocols include: Vegetation composition: this metric has changed from a top 4 [...]

By |July 15th, 2015|Protocols|0 Comments

Monitoring and Competing Objectives Between Waterbird Guilds

At many locations managed to provide habitat for waterbirds, managers recognize that maximizing benefits for one group of birds may not necessarily maximize them for another. In fact, without careful planning, efforts undertaken for one group of birds may negatively impact habitat use by another. Part of the reason IWMM focused on waterfowl and shorebirds [...]

By |July 7th, 2015|Insights|0 Comments

Estimating Percent Cover

Examples of Estimating Percent Coverage The IWMM protocol requires estimates of cover to assign water depth classes, estimate habitat class proportions, and assess vegetation composition. We are using a canopy cover approach: defined as the percentage of the survey unit covered by vertical projections from the outermost perimeter of plants’ foliage (Anderson 1986). [...]

By |July 6th, 2015|Protocols|0 Comments

Wetland Plant Identification Made Easy

Completing IWMM vegetation surveys requires you identify the most common wetland plants found within a unit. The surveys are completed once annually, typically late in the growing season when dominant plant species have started to senesce. Obtaining an accurate measure of plant community composition (both percent cover and species composition) requires a working knowledge of [...]

By |June 24th, 2015|Plant Identification|0 Comments