International Conservation Planning for Sprague’s Pipit
In 2015, Prairie Pothole Joint Venture (PPJV) partners published a paper in Biological Conservation on their spatially explicit population model for Sprague’s Pipits (SPPI) across their entire North American breeding range. The partners assembled all known bird survey data within the SPPI breeding range in the U.S. and Canada from 2007 to 2013 by coordinating with state, provincial, and federal agencies, universities, and non-governmental organizations. The SPPI modeling effort represents the first attempt at building an international model for non-game species between the PPJV in the U.S. and the Prairie Habitat JV in Canada.
The authors concluded that conservation of this species depends upon a systematic approach that invests heavily in private land partnerships, and the PPJV is putting this approach into action by coordinating among the USFWS Ecological Services, Migratory Birds, and Refuge programs so the USFWS has clear communication on the upcoming ESA listing decision.
Partners: The Nature Conservancy, University of Montana, Region 6 HAPET, BLM