Forest For the Birds Webinar Series #4
Blueprint for Success - How and Where to Focus Bird Conservation
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Forest Ecology Working Group, National Conservation Training Center, and Migratory Bird Program have developed a 12-part monthly lecture series to address the 50-year decline of 3 billion birds through partnerships, conservation science and forest management. The series tells a compelling story about forest bird population declines, partnership opportunities, and forest management actions that can support bird population recovery and sustainability.
After engaging with the entire series, participants will be able to:
- Describe the decline of forest-dwelling birds in the U.S., identifying causes and risk factors
- Apply species vulnerability assessment tools to identify priority bird species
- Describe the importance of forest management planning from landscape to local scales, recognizing essential forest community composition and structure for bird conservation
- Identify forest conservation and habitat management alternatives
View the webinar series home page here. Click on the title below to view the video.
Blueprint for Success – How and Where to Focus Bird Conservation
Recorded: June 22, 2021
Presenters: Bob Ford (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
Duration: 55 Minutes
Speaker Bob Ford, who is the USFWS – National PIF Coordinator, discusses the importance of landscape scale conservation design in the context of how landscape influences stand level management decisions. He explains how the “2016 Partners in Flight Plan” is a blueprint for regional forest bird conservation across the country. He also explains tools like the “half-life” metric, which considers area importance to better understand breeding bird populations needs. Bob also introduces cases studies like the Lower Mississippi Valley Joint Venture’s success with the management of bottomland hardwood forests in the Mississippi alluvial valley.