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Tuesday, January 30 • 8:00am - 8:20am
SYMPOSIA-08: Minnesota Statewide Marshbird Survey: A Framework to Help Prioritize Wetlands for Conservation Actions

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AUTHORS. Kristin A. L. Hall, Audubon Minnesota

ABSTRACT. Many marsh-dwelling birds are difficult to survey, in large part because of their inconspicuous nature and difficulty in accessing their habitats. Current avian surveys such as the Breeding Bird Survey and spring waterfowl surveys do not adequately monitor these species. Effective conservation planning and habitat management for marshbirds is limited by insufficient information regarding their abundance, distribution, population trends, habitat relationships, and management needs. To address this information gap, monitoring programs specifically for marshbirds have been developed across the Midwest using standardized data collection protocols. As a member of the of the Midwest Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership - Secretive Marshbird Workgroup, Audubon Minnesota has worked in collaboration with various state, federal and local partners to gain a better understanding of this unique group of birds. In 2016 and 2017 Minnesota joined Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Indiana and Illinois in conducting statewide marshbird monitoring surveys using a rigorous sampling framework (Johnson et. al. 2009) and a standardized survey protocol (Conway 2011) .The overall objective of the Minnesota Marshbird Survey is to create ongoing, long-term marshbird monitoring for the state of Minnesota and to provide natural resource managers information they need to effectively manage these secretive birds and their wetland habitats. Some of the conservation goals are: to estimate population status and trends of marshbirds, to better inform management of wetland and marsh habitats, and to provide a baseline for pre- and post-management activities in degraded wetland habitats. This presentation will highlight the survey results from Minnesota’s efforts and look at ways in which we can use these data to better inform our conservation actions on the ground.

Tuesday January 30, 2018 8:00am - 8:20am CST