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State of the Birds 2011

posted Dec 18, 2011, 2:37 PM by Mike Green

"This year’s report provides the nation’s first assessment of the distribution of birds on public lands and helps public agencies identify which species have significant potential for conservation in each habitat."  Visit this site to download the report and see previous editions,

Geoff Geupel -- Conservation Leader!

posted Mar 27, 2011, 3:06 PM by Mike Green   [ updated Mar 26, 2012, 10:21 PM ]

Our very own Geoff Geupel received the prestigious Partners in Flight National Leadership Award during an award presentation at the
76th North American Natural Resources Conference, the week of March 14th, in Kansas City.  Geoff was honored for his many accomplishments in western bird conservation over the years.  His contributions to the WWG have been countless, and I personally thank him for his vision, and for his continuing efforts to elevate bird conservation in the west.  Congratulations, Geoff!  This is well-deserved and long overdue.  I can safely speak for all of the WWG by saying that we truly appreciate your active membership, and look forward to many more collaborative years.  -- Mike Green

Oregon-Washington and California PIF joint climate change meeting

posted Sep 9, 2010, 11:14 AM by Mike Green

Register now for the ORWACA PIF meeting, Informing conservation in the context of climate change:  Birds as a tool for adaptation.  "This workshop will promote information sharing, inform ecological planning, and identify information gaps and monitoring needs related to landbirds in Washington, Oregon, and California in the context of climate change. It is structured with 3 sections, each covering a different topic followed by a panel discussion. The objective is to share information, discuss the application of existing knowledge, and generate ideas of what needs to be done next."  See listserv email from 8/23/2010 from Jaime Stephens.  Registration and Agenda attached below.

2010 'Neotrop' Act Grants - Success for WWG Partners!

posted May 17, 2010, 1:32 PM by Mike Green   [ updated May 17, 2010, 2:02 PM ]

The slate of projects selected to receive money from the 2010 Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act grant program included many western partners this year (  The amount available in 2010 was $5M.  Partners in OR/WA, MT, CO, and AK pulled in a little over $772,000 in grant money, which will be matched with $2.38M for four projects.  In addition, one international project involving Great Plains states and Canada, and Colorado and Mexico, pulled in $294,600, involving $884,400 in match.  Six projects in Mexico will benefit our western birds, amounting to an additional $1.13 M in grants, and involving $5.164 M in match contributions.  Total?  $10.6 M for western bird conservation.  Good job!   

PIF Tri-National Plan Released!

posted May 12, 2010, 12:00 PM by Mike Green   [ updated May 12, 2010, 12:28 PM ]

At the 15th Annual Trilateral meeting this week in Halifax, Nova Scotia, PIF's (our) Tri-National Vision document was released, capping about 2 years of intensive work by PIF Science Committee.  This 3rd version of the continental plan is truly continental this time, including an assessment of Mexican species along with US and Canada.  It is not only beautiful, it is compelling, highly accessible, and sets a high bar for these sorts of publications.  A one-page overview is attached, it is fully described on the website (, and printed copies should be available at most PIF meetings.  This magnificent assessment of our shared birds gives us all guidance and articulates the need for urgency to continue our monitoring and conservation efforts, and to expand our WWG tri-national efforts.

BLM and NPS sign MOU's with USFWS

posted Apr 14, 2010, 11:54 PM by Mike Green

After 9 years of sporadic meetings, discussions, iterations and versions, two Memorandums of Understanding under Executive Order 13186 were signed on Monday April 12th; one between the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service, and the other between FWS and the Bureau of Land Management.  EO 13186, Responsibilties of Federal Agencies to Protect Migratory Birds, was signed by President Clinton just before he left office in January of 2001.  This EO required federal agencies to develop MOUs with the FWS that would outline how they will further the conservation of birds in the process of conducting their mandated activities.  The MOUs were all supposed to be completed by 2004, but none was.  Recent activity has resulted in now 6 being signed, and a few more are close.  The FWS has signed MOUs with the departments of Energy and Defense, with the US Forest Service, Minerals Management Service, and now with NPS and BLM.  Congratulations to all the team members involved.  The MOU's can be downloaded from

Amendments to Canada's Species at Risk

posted Mar 29, 2010, 12:07 PM by Mike Green

Decisions on amendments to Schedule 1 of Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA) were recently made publicly available.  The following bird species

have been officially added to SARA Schedule 1:

    Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi) - Threatened

        Moucherolle à côtés olive

    Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) - Threatened

        Buse rouilleuse

    Red Knot roselaari type (Calidris canutus roselaari type) - Threatened

        Bécasseau maubèche du type roselaari

    Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor) - Threatened

        Engoulevent d’Amérique

    Canada Warbler (Wilsonia canadensis) - Threatened

        Paruline du Canada

    Great Blue Heron fannini subspecies (Ardea herodias fannini) – Special Concern

        Grand héron de la sous-espèce fannini

These decisions bring the number of SARA-listed species at risk which occur in BC and the Pacific Ocean up to 192 (149 terrestrial, 43 aquatic), and 10 in the Yukon. 470 species are now listed by SARA as extirpated, endangered, threatened, or special concern in Canada.

The Orders regarding the decisions, including the various considerations, can be viewed at the Species at Risk Public Registry:

Tanya Luszcz

, M.Sc., R.P.Bio., Partners in Flight BC/Yukon Great Basin Program Manager

2010 State of the Birds -- Climate Change edition -- Released

posted Mar 12, 2010, 9:00 AM by Mike Green

On March 11, the 2nd annual State of the Birds report was rolled out at a special conference in Austin, Texas.  Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was present as were key partners in bird conservation who collaborated on both the first issue (in 2009) and on this year's publications.  The 2010 edition analyzes vulnerabilities of birds to climate change by broad habitat categories.  Not surprisingly, seabirds, island inhabitants, coastal, and arctic/alpine species will face the greatest challenges; birds in grasslands, aridlands, wetlands, and forests will be generally less affected (see figure below).   

These reports are largely outreach documents for Congress and the public, condensing the results of models into colorful graphs, simple messages, with lots of striking bird pictures.  The 2009 report resulted in a $3M add to bird conservation (largely in Hawaii).  The climate vulnerabilty models are very similar to scoring that underlies PIF's database -- this is not too surprising, since some of the same folks have been central to both SOTB and PIF scoring schemes.  Find out more on their website.

List of Birds Protected Under MBTA Expands

posted Mar 3, 2010, 10:10 AM by Mike Green

On March 1 the FWS released an updated list of birds protected under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act.  There are now 1007 species on the list, 175 more than the 832 on the previous version, last updated in 1985.  The update is required because of name changes, some range extensions across the US-Mexican border, and corrections to the older list.  Significantly for our partners in Hawaii, the honeycreepers are now officially protected under MBTA, because recent studies show honeycreepers to be derivatives of an ancestral fringillid, and all finches are protected by our convention with Mexico.  Read the FWS newsrelease, or better yet, a copy of the Federal Register notice for all the listing details.

Salt Lake Meeting agenda and logistics posted...

posted Mar 2, 2010, 11:59 AM by Mike Green   [ updated Mar 2, 2010, 12:18 PM ]

Plans for the Salt Lake City Meeting are coming together.  Download the agenda and logistics from the website --  Russ Norvell, our rep. in Utah is arranging for us a meeting that mixes green with urban revival in a progressive part of downtown Salt Lake City.  Our agenda will be all about the usual WWG business and Action Plan actions, but also we will be examining national and regional movements in Coordinated Bird Monitoring. 

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