Monitoring and Conservation Planning for Upland-nesting Shorebirds

Monitoring and Conservation Planning for Upland-nesting Shorebirds

Each year, participants survey upland-nesting shorebirds along roadside transects across the PPR of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Montana.  Data from these surveys are used to understand broad-scale habitat characteristics influencing shorebird presence and develop spatially explicit models showing likelihood of occurrence for each species across the PPR landscape.  Our work demonstrates the importance of wetland and grassland complexes to shorebirds in the PPR, especially shallow, ephemeral wetlands that are at highest risk of drainage.  Spatial models developed from our data are one of several biological factors used to guide acquisition of wetland and grassland easements for conservation of migratory birds in the PPJV administrative area.

Partners: USFWS Refuges and Migratory Birds programs, North Dakota Game and Fish Department, South Dakota Game Fish and Parks, volunteers