Oh the Places You Should Go! Darrin Welchert, Refuge Wildlife Biologist Have you ever wondered what a flock of one million snow geese actually looks like? Darrin Welchert, Wildlife Biologist at Loess Bluffs National Wildlife Refuge (LBNWR) can tell you. Located in northwest Missouri near Mound City, LBNWR was established August 23, 1935, by Executive [...]
Documenting Management Actions: The “KEY” to Evaluating Habitat Management for Non-breeding Waterbirds Wetland managers need to monitor waterbirds and their habitats during the nonbreeding period to improve the efficacy of management decision making (Lyons et al. 2008), but are often limited in terms of time and staff. Therefore, Integrated Waterbird Management and Monitoring (IWMM) developed [...]
Recording Management Actions is a key element of the IWMM Protocol. Your best source of information on recording Management Actions can be found in the IWMM Monitoring Manual under SOP 6: Recording Management Actions. To begin recording management actions, print out the standard field data sheets entitled Wetland Management Record (refer to the Supplemental Material [...]
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 [...]