Collaborative bird monitoring results for conservation design
Since 2010, the Great Northern LCC has provided funding support for the Montana Bird Partnership, which recently expanded to the Montana - Idaho Bird Partnership.
As part of this effort, Idaho's all-bird monitoring program has summarized its 2013 results in a report, which includes the GNLCC-funded landbird sampling effort in Montana and Idaho (see page 30 in report). The spatially-referenced baseline data collected from this collaborative effort will be used for science-based biological planning and conservation design. The data will help support robust inferences that fill in gaps for bird populations in grassland, shrublands, and riparian systems. These data currently are being used to develop spatially-explicit models that will allow assessment of priority bird species responses to climate and other landscape-scale stressors.