Forests for the Birds Webinar Series # 2
Managing and Conserving Forests for Avian Biodiversity
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.
Recorded: April 20, 2021
Presenters: Matt Betts (Oregon State University)
Duration: 62 min
Matt Betts asks is it doom and gloom for birds? He describes broad-scale drivers of breeding habitat and population changes including climate and land-use change/ habitat fragmentation, and forest degradation. If you build it, will they come? Looking at fine-scale drivers of bird habitat: silviculture, other disturbances. They Way Forward – Guidelines for determining breeding habitat amounts (thresholds, population viability, historical range of variation) and how to plan forest landscapes that work for bird conservation.