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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 [...]

By |March 17th, 2016|Categories: 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 [...]

By |November 30th, 2015|Categories: 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 [...]

By |November 30th, 2015|Categories: 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 [...]

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

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 [...]

By |July 15th, 2015|Categories: 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 [...]

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