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Human Dimensions Success Stories in Bird Conservation

The greater bird conservation community has identified a need for human dimensions success stories to be collected, organized, and shared with the community. As such, the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) Human Dimensions Subcommittee has volunteered to take on this project and we've created the following Google form to help collect and characterize the success stories where human dimensions/social science has been used to benefit bird conservation.

For the purposes of this data collection, success is defined as some sort of management, program (or approach), monitoring or conservation status change in response to considering/collecting… ... Read more >>
Posted by Matt Cimitile: March 28, 2017

AMJV 2016 Year in Review

We are very happy to celebrate another successful year for the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture (AMJV) partnership by sharing our Year in Review publication. Our partnership’s bird conservation work in 2016 expanded our on-the-ground efforts throughout the Appalachians. Some major highlights from this past year included:
  • The first full year of implementation of our Cerulean Warbler Appalachian Forestland Enhancement Project, with 47 landowner contracts enrolling 1,900 acres and obligating almost $1.1 million towards Cerulean Warbler conservation.
  • Partners working with NRCS to revise and enhance Golden-winged Warbler conservation efforts through Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW). AMJV… ... Read more >>
    Posted by Matt Cimitile: March 21, 2017

    American Bird Conservancy And Cornell Lab Of Ornithology Join Forces

    Two leading bird conservation groups, American Bird Conservancy (ABC) and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, have launched “Science to Action,” a partnership aimed at reversing decades of population declines for migratory birds in the Americas. Bringing together the Cornell Lab's cutting-edge science and ABC's on-the-ground approach to bird conservation, this joint effort represents new hope for hundreds of declining species that journey each spring and fall between their breeding grounds in North America and wintering grounds in Latin America and the Caribbean.

    ABC and the Cornell Lab are combining their strengths at a critical moment for migratory… ... Read more >>
    Posted by Matt Cimitile: March 20, 2017

    View from the Highlands, Annual Report 2017

    Check out the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy achievements from 2016. This issue also includes stories about new land protection, volunteer work days, habitat management, and our Community Farm, as well as info about upcoming Spring and Summer events.

    Check out View from the Highlands Annual Report. ... Read more >>
    Posted by Matt Cimitile: March 20, 2017

    Cerulean Warbler Partnership Coordinator named NWTF Biologist of the Year

    Kyle Aldinger (far right) is congratulated by NWTF Board Members and conservation staff for receiving Wildlife Biologist of the Year for the Eastern Region at the 41st annual NWTF Convention and Sport
    Kyle Aldinger, AMJV and National Wild Turkey Federation's (NWTF) Cerulean Warbler Partnership Coordinator in West Virginia, was named NWTF Wildlife Biologist of the Year for the Eastern Region. Kyle was given this prestigious award for his valuable contribution to the Cerulean Warbler Appalachian Forestland Enhancement Project, a regional effort to enhance 12,500 acres of forest habitat on private lands in West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania as well as reforesting 1,000 acres of reclaimed surface-mine sites in Kentucky and Ohio. His and partners' efforts have raised awareness tremendously - through workshops, news articles and radio and tv spots - about proper forest management… ... Read more >>
    Posted by Matt Cimitile: February 23, 2017

    Comprehensive Management Helps Increase Wildlife on Private Lands

    West Virginia landowner John Gavitt is using a variety of conservation practices to improve his land for wildlife, including the declining cerulean warbler. Photo courtesy of John Gavitt.
    Three decades ago, John Gavitt bought 430 acres of hilly property in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia for hunting, fishing and enjoying the outdoors. Over the years, his career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service took him all over the nation and world, where he saw the benefits of healthy wildlife habitat.

    That’s when he realized he wanted his land to better benefit people and wildlife. This would lead him and his wife to transform the private property into a public outdoor recreation area to bring in young people and families from… ... Read more >>
    Posted by Matt Cimitile: February 15, 2017

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