Variable drawdown field in winder. © Melany Aten

Variable drawdown field in winter. © Melany Aten

Conservation is complicated. Science makes it simpler.

Not only do we need to understand the current state of a system, but the predicted future of that system as well. We need to have an idea of where to employ activities such as easements and acquisitions and we need to know how to restore or manage single sites and entire landscapes. We need to know if we have been successful, and if we are not, how to adapt our approaches to make them more effective.

The Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership believes that the scientific method is an essential ingredient in the conservation soup.

We do applied research to find the best restoration and management practices that benefit farmers and birds. We use predictive models to understand where to prioritize conservation given limited resources and an uncertain future, and we monitor our progress toward restoring populations of migratory birds. By sharing our findings with other conservation scientists, we make our science stronger and contribute to a growing body of knowledge that is improving conservation throughout the world.

Recent Publications by the Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership
  1. Local and landscape factors influence shorebirds in managed wetlands: Implications for wetland management and conservation planning
    Authors: Reiter, M.E., J.E. Isola, D. Jongsomjit, C.M. Hickey, M. Carpenter, J.G. Silveira, and M.A. Wolder
    Status: In press, Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management
  2. Does restored riparian habitat create ecological traps for riparian birds through increased Brown-headed Cowbird nest parasitism?
    Authors: Dybala, K.E., N.E. Seavy, M.D. Dettling, M. Gilbert, R. Melcer, Jr., and T. Gardali
    Status: In press, Ecological Restoration
  3. The eBird enterprise: An integrated approach to development and application of citizen science
    Authors: Sullivan, B. L., J. Aycrigg, J. Barry, R. Bonney, N. Bruns, C. Cooper, A. Dhondt , T. Dietterich, A. Farnsworth, D. Fink, J. Fitzpatrick, T. Fredericks, J. Gerbracht, C. Gomes, W. Hochachka, M. Iliff, C. Lagoze, F. La Sorte, M. Merrifield, W. Morris, T. Phillips, M. Reynolds, A. Rodewald, K. Rosenberg, N. Trautmann, A. Wiggins, D. Winkler, W. Wong, C. Wood, J. Yu, and S. Kelling
    Status: Published, 2014, Biological Conservation 169:31-4
  4. The importance of agriculture to Long-billed Curlews in California’s Central Valley in fall
    Authors: Shuford, W.D., G. Page, G. Langham, and C. Hickey
    Status: Published, 2013, Western Birds 44:196-205
    Publication Brief
  5. Winter management of California’s rice fields to maximize waterbird habitat and minimize water use
    Authors: Khara M. Strum (Point Blue Conservation Science), Matthew E. Reiter (Point Blue Conservation Science), C. Alex Hartman (Audubon California), Monica N. Iglecia (Audubon California), Rodd Kelsey (Audubon California), Catherine M. Hickey (Point Blue Conservation Science)
    Status: Published, 2013, Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 179:116–124
    Publication Brief
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  6. Assessing migratory stopover site quality for birds during fall migration along two California rivers
    Authors: Renée L. Cormier (Point Blue Conservation Science), Thomas Gardali (Point Blue Conservation Science), Julian K. Wood (Point Blue Conservation Science)
    Status: Published, 2013, Western North American Naturalist 73(1): 72-79
    Publication Brief
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  7. Integrating Avian Habitat Distribution Models into a Conservation Planning Framework for the San Joaquin River, California, USA
    Authors: Nathaniel E. Seavy (PRBO), Thomas Gardali (PRBO), Gregory H. Golet (TNC), Dennis Jongsomjit (PRBO), Rodd Kelsey (Audubon California), Sandi Matsumoto (TNC), Seth Paine (TNC), Diana Stralberg (PRBO)
    Status: Published, 2012, Natural Areas Journal 32:420-426.
    Publication Brief
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  8. Use of Data on Avian Demographics and Site Persistence during Overwintering to Assess Quality of Restored Riparian Habitat
    Authors: Steven C. Latta (PRBO), Christine A. Howell (PRBO), Mark D. Dettling (PRBO), Renée L. Cormier (PRBO)
    Status: Published, 2012, Conservation Biology 26:482-492.
    Publication Brief
  9. Maximizing benefits from riparian revegetation efforts: local- and landscape-level determinants of avian response
    Authors: Thomas Gardali (PRBO), Aaron L. Holmes (PRBO)
    Status: Published, 2011, Environmental Management 48:28-37.
    Publication Brief
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  10. Least Bell’s Vireo breeding records in the Central Valley following decades of extirpation
    Authors: Christine A. Howell (PRBO), Julian K. Wood (PRBO), Mark D. Dettling (PRBO), Kenneth Griggs (USFWS), Codie C. Otte (PRBO), Linette Lina (PRBO), and Thomas Gardali (PRBO)
    Status: Published, 2010, Western North American Naturalist 70(I):105-113.
    Publication Brief
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  11. How can we improve delivery of decision support tools for conservation and restoration?
    Authors: Nathaniel E. Seavy (PRBO, UC Davis), Christine Howell (PRBO).
    Status:  Published, 2010, Biodiversity and Conservation 19:1261-1267
    Publication Brief
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  12. Why climate change makes riparian restoration more important than ever: Recommendations for practice and research
    Authors: Nathaniel E. Seavy (PRBO, UC Davis), Thomas Gardali (PRBO), Gregory H. Golet (TNC), F. Thomas Griggs (River Partners), Christine A. Howell (PRBO), T. Rodd Kelsey (Audubon California), Stacy Small (Environmental Defense Fund), Joshua H. Viers (UC Davis), James F. Weigand (BLM).
    Status:  Published, 2009, Ecological Restoration 27:330-338
    Publication Brief
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  13. Broad-scale surveys of long-billed curlews in California’s Central Valley in 2007 and 2008
    Authors: W. D. Shuford (PRBO), G. M. Langham (Audubon California), G. W. Page (PRBO), and C. Hickey (PRBO).
    Status: Published, 2009, Central Valley Bird Club Bulletin, 12:29-44.
  14. Riparian bird response to vegetation structure: A multiscale analysis using LiDAR measurements of canopy height
    Authors: Nathaniel E. Seavy (PRBO, UC Davis), Joshua H. Viers (UC Davis), Julian Wood (PRBO).
    Status:  Published, 2009, Ecological Applications 19:1848-1857


Recent Presentations by the Migratory Bird Conservation Partnership
  1. The Grasslands Ecological Area: A site of international importance for shorebirds
    Monica Iglecia, Grasslands Water District Landowner Meeting, 5/17/2014
  2. Managing wetlands and rice to improve habitat for shorebirds and other waterbirds
    Matthew E. Reiter, Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Wetland Management Workshop, 5/9/2014