Wednesday, April 27, 2011

bird conservation and related news

News from the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center is available here.

If you've never looked at it, please check out the website of the The Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership, here.

News from The Conservation Leadership Programme can be found here.

Information regarding the National Conservation Training Center can be found here.

Friday, April 15, 2011

one minute a day for bird conservation

With one minute each day over the coming weeks - you can help make a difference for conservation and birds in Wisconsin. Starting today, an easy new project using your help can improve an area for birds and support an organization that is developing and restoring habitat in southeastern Wisconsin. Edy's (the company that makes fruit bars), has a annual program to provide community orchards around the nation. The Ozaukee-Washington Land Trust is attempting to get enough online votes to win this chance to develop an orchard on the grounds of the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve in Ozaukee County. Orchards can be great bird-attractors, and serve other purposes for the Land Trust as well. We surely can use help from as many people as possible - it's simple: go to this link, register (see the top row of links, and find the register link, there) the first time, then you can vote once each day - the organization with the most votes will be funded for developing an orchard this year. It takes a couple of minutes to register, but after that less than a minute each day to log in and cast your vote. A community garden group in Middleton won last year's spot in Wisconsin - please vote for the Ozaukee-Washington Land Trust's orchard project this year!

Friday, April 8, 2011

bird news for Friday!

Recent news from BirdLife International can be found here.

There are other stories this week, too: see the latest from the Bird Conservation Network in Illinois!

And for more - once again - regarding some news from outside of our region, see the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology's recent updates, here.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

new issue of Ecology and Society

A new issue of the online journal Ecology and Society is available; go to this link - and you'll find Volume 16, Issue 1 | March 2011.

Of considerable interest to me is the paper entitled: Effects of Roads and Traffic on Wildlife Populations and Landscape Function: Road Ecology is Moving toward Larger Scales, by Rodney van der Ree, Jochen A. G. Jaeger, Edgar A. van der Grift, and Anthony P. Clevenger. I did a statewide (in Wisconsin) avian road mortality study while in graduate school- and this continues to merit a great deal of attention.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

updated Bird Conservation Alliance website; other news

Go to this link to see the updated Bird Conservation Alliance website.

The Bird Conservation Alliance (BCA) is a network of organizations working together to conserve wild birds.

Through the Alliance, millions of birdwatchers and concerned citizens are united with conservation professionals, scientists, and educators to benefit bird conservation efforts.

Learn more about the Bird Conservation Alliance - many resources are available at their expanded site.


Recent research links from the Institute for Bird Populations can be found here.

Monday, April 4, 2011

new links

An updated page with many links to recent projects from the USGS Ecosystems - Wildlife: Terrestrial and Endangered Resources Program can be found at this link.

The ABA blog has a great post by Ted Floyd on new changes to the AOU Check-List, due this summer - see the post here.