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Monday, February 6 • 1:40pm - 2:00pm
Symposia Session - S2: Midwestern Agroecology and the Conservation of Grassland Birds. The Bobolink Conservation Plan: A Model for Multi-Region Conservation Planning

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AUTHORS: Kelly R. VanBeek, U.S. Fish & wildlife Service; Rosalind B. Renfrew, Vermont Center for Ecostudies; Tom C. Will, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

ABSTRACT: Focal species were selected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Migratory Bird Program to gauge success and increase accountability of bird conservation activities. A central component of a focal species status assessment and conservation plan includes specific conservation strategies that address threats across a bird's full life cycle. The status assessment and conservation plan for the Bobolink is the most extensive effort to address a diverse set of threats and an equally diverse set of actions to ensure one of our most common grassland bird species stays common. A full life cycle plan for Bobolink also offers a unique opportunity to address threats and conservation actions of grasslands at regional, national, and international scales while considering a variety of ecological benefits beyond grassland birds. To develop this plan, workshops were held in both North and South America that incorporated themes from Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation (2013). Additional innovative tools were developed during the planning process, including a model for setting regional breeding season population objectives and an interactive conservation opportunity mapping tool. We hope that these tools and the explicit strategies identified in the Bobolink Conservation Plan will help address the complex challenges facing grassland conservation.

Monday February 6, 2017 1:40pm - 2:00pm CST
Arbor I/II