Strategic Avian Monitoring Guidelines

Billions of migratory birds representing >500 species use the northern Gulf of Mexico for all or part of their annual life-cycle, thereby underpinning the importance of the Gulf region in supporting not only local, but also continental and international populations of birds. However, birds and their habitats continue to be vulnerable to variety of system stressors (e.g., development, contaminants, hurricanes, sea-level rise, etc.). As Gulf restoration continues under the auspice of the RESTORE Act and Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Final Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan, decision makers and practitioners need information related to avian ecology and guidance on the development of monitoring strategies. To that end, the Gulf of Mexico Avian Monitoring Network hosted a series of workshops and used the principles of structured decision making to identify core values and objectives supporting stakeholder data needs. These Strategic Avian Monitoring Guidelines summarize those workshops and subsequent discussions as a means to facilitate the development of avian monitoring strategies that address stakeholder needs in a manner that reduces uncertainty and facilitates learning.

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Strategic Avian Monitoring Guidelines (full report)
Chapter 1 (Why Monitoring Guidelines?)
Chapter 2 (Stakeholder Values)
Chapter 3 (Landbirds)
Chapter 4 (Marshbirds)
Chapter 5 (Raptors)
Chapter 6 (Seabirds)
Chapter 7 (Shorebirds)
Chapter 8 (Wading Birds)
Chapter 9 (Waterfowl)
Chapter 10 (Avian Health)
Chapter 11 (Collaboration and Integration)
Chapter 12 (Concluding Remarks)