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Integrated Waterbird Management & Monitoring Program IWMM. Andy Wilson USGS Patuxent , Laurel, Maryland [email protected] What is the IWMM Program?. The integration of management, data and decisions at the local, regional and flyway scale.

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Integrated waterbird management monitoring program iwmm

Integrated Waterbird Management

& Monitoring Program

IWMM

Andy Wilson

USGS Patuxent, Laurel, Maryland

[email protected]


Integrated waterbird management monitoring program iwmm

What is the IWMM Program?

The integration of management, data and decisions at the local, regional and flyway scale.


Integrated waterbird management monitoring program iwmm

Problem:difficulty of managing wetlands for a wide range of species, in changing landscapes


Integrated waterbird management monitoring program iwmm

Where did IWMM come from?

“What is the best way to manage this wetland?”

“What is this wetlands highest and greatest contribution to flyway conservation efforts?”

“How should this wetland be managed to optimize stopover quality?”

“How does the bird use and management of this wetland compare to other wetland units?”


Integrated waterbird management monitoring program iwmm

“How do I allocate funds among wetland units in an informed and transparent way?”

“Which wetlands are important to waterfowl …. shorebirds ….. wading birds?”

“If I allocate more funds and staff which areas will significantly increase this region’s contribution to flyway conservation efforts?”


Integrated waterbird management monitoring program iwmm

“Where, when and in what numbers are migratory birds using stopover habitats?”

“Where in a flyway should we focus acquisition and restoration activities?”

“Are there important sites within this flyway that are not protected?”


Key management decisions

Key Management Decisions

Flyway: when, where, how much habitat?

SHC

Regional: optimal allocation of funds

Local: optimal management strategies

Adaptive Management


Integrated waterbird management monitoring program iwmm

Linking Management Decisions with Data

  • Improved Resource Contributions

  • Good Decisions

    • Supported by defensible data

  • Clearly Documented Decisions

    • Promote understanding of decision making process

      • Reduce controversy


Integrated waterbird management monitoring program iwmm

IWMM Evolution

  • Structured decision making workshops at NCTC

    • Need for integration across spatial scales

  • Steering Group formed in 2009

  • Protocol Development in 2010

    • Lots of partners

  • Model development 2010-2012

  • Pilot Season 2010/2011

  • Operational later in 2011 or 2012

  • Build organically

    • Program success will depend on development of useful tools


Integrated waterbird management monitoring program iwmm

Flyway

Identify Critical Waterbird Sites

  • Conservation Priorities

  • Habitat Deficiencies

Local Actions

Determine Optimal Wetland Management Scenario

  • Habitat Conditions

  • Focal Species

  • Monitoring Data:

  • Habitat Quality

  • Bird Use

  • Evaluation of Site Contribution

State / Region

Determine Funding Distribution

  • Land Acquisition Priorities

  • Conservation Priorities

  • Bird Use:Cost Analysis

  • Site Potential

  • Allocation of Staff & Funds

  • Management Decisions:

  • Mgmt. Actions

  • Costs

  • Land Acquisition Priorities

  • Conservation Priorities


Flyway model

Flyway Model

Components include GIS data layers and biological parameters (from literature)


Integrated waterbird management monitoring program iwmm

Flyway Model

Path 1 = 1706 Birds

Path 2 = 530 Birds


Integrated waterbird management monitoring program iwmm

Regional and local allocation: cost effectiveness

αAH2

∆2

αAH1

Bird Use (B)

∆1

∆3

αAH3

Funds

AH = Available Habitat

B= Contribution of Bird-Days


2010 2011 pilot season

2010/2011 Pilot Season

  • Test basic Vegetation Survey and Bird Survey Protocols

  • Highlight key constraints for effective data collection

  • Recommend modification for basic methods and development of more detailed techniques where needed

  • Use “real data” to test Structured Decision Making Models


Integrated waterbird management monitoring program iwmm

Vegetation Surveys twice per season

  • Designed to be simple – mass participation!

  • Based on expert knowledge - >20 biologists consulted


Weekly bird surveys

Weekly Bird Surveys


Use site condition to make predictions

Use “site condition” to make predictions…

  • The model will allow us to predict change in BUDs due to changes in habitat (ultimately management)

  • Scores all units on a comparable scale for each guild

e.g. site 3 is a diving duck site – flyway model might suggest it would contribute more as a dabbler site


Integrated waterbird management monitoring program iwmm

Management increases habitat-value index for site from 40 to 60


Integrated waterbird management monitoring program iwmm

Bird-use days/ha (dabblers) predicted to increase from 40/ha to 250/ha

∆ buds on a 10 ha site = 2,100

∆ buds on a 200 ha site = 42,000


Over 100 sites surveyed during pilot season

Over 100 sites surveyed during pilot season


Moving forward

Moving forward

  • Lots of challenges remain:

    • Protocols, large areas, inaccessible wetlands

    • Very complex and ambitious program, steep learning curve, progress may not be linear!

    • Long-term funding

    • Scale

  • Other taxa?

  • Four regional teams (NA, SA, UM, LM)

  • Online data system

  • Ensure we keep learning lessons!


Acknowledgements

Acknowledgements

  • Over 60 individuals - program development

  • Over 90 participants in pilot season

  • Partners:

    • FWS, USGS

    • State agencies

    • Ducks Unlimited

    • LCCs and JVs

    • Universities

    • Lincoln Park Zoo

    • PRBO

      Hal Laskowski


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