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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]