VISION: Collaborative monitoring for restoration.
MISSION: A Community of Practice working collaboratively to leverage existing resources, capacities and expertise to develop and implement Gulf-wide, coordinated and integrated avian monitoring.
VALUE PROPOSITION STATEMENT: Conservation partners along the northern Gulf of Mexico need information related to bird-habitat relationships and targeted monitoring to evaluate programmatic and project-level restoration to inform decision-making in an adaptive management context. GoMAMN provides a nexus to bird monitoring experts and products that facilitates coordination, collaboration, and implementation of cost-efficient monitoring to assess population and habitat status, as well as to evaluate restoration actions at multiple spatial-scales.
DESCRIPTION: GoMAMN is a self-directed, non-regulatory network of conservation partners. Partners within the Network collaborate to facilitate and coordinate monitoring plans that address current and future needs of bird populations and their habitats in the Gulf of Mexico. GoMAMN builds upon well-established and accepted monitoring protocols and programs to facilitate development of new monitoring efforts where needed to connect, leverage, and integrate efforts into efficient and comprehensive Gulf-wide avian monitoring. Monitoring plans that emanate from GoMAMN are advisory in nature, are nonbinding on any party, and are intended as recommendations to improve avian conservation through coordinated monitoring across the Gulf of Mexico region.
The Gulf of Mexico Avian Monitoring Network (GoMAMN) supports bird monitoring by:
- Creating and maintaining a forum by which stakeholders can coordinate and integrate monitoring efforts for priority birds and their habitats;
- Establishing clearly articulated core-values, data needs, and fundamental objectives underpinning monitoring efforts including;
- status and trends assessment of bird populations and habitats;
- evaluation of management and restoration actions; and
- evaluation of ecological processes affecting bird populations and their habitats in the Northern Gulf of Mexico.
- Facilitating the identification and implementation of scientifically robust regional monitoring plans;
- Facilitating data synthesis across scientifically robust monitoring projects;
- Creating standardized data collection and data management protocols that support adaptive management.
- Measuring and evaluating progress and success to improve our strategies and actions
MEMBERSHIP: The GoMAMN Community of Practice is open to any individual interested in advancing and implementing bird monitoring within the northern Gulf of Mexico region. Participation is voluntary and subservient to the participant’s agency/organization/institution mission, authorities, and budgetary capabilities. Anyone interested in becoming a Member of the GoMAMN Community of Practice can join following the instructions on the GoMAMN Website, or by emailing the Community Manager.