Idaho Bird Partnership Avian Tools for Conservation Planners
The Idaho Bird Conservation Partnership provided three Avian Tools Workshops during November 2016 in Boise, Idaho Falls, and Coeur d’Alene. The workshop objectives were:
- Provide the target audience with information and tools that will allow them to more effectively incorporate bird conservation into land use plans and NEPA documents, and allow more effective evaluation of various documents coming from other sources for review;
- Help agencies meet opportunities and obligations under Memoranda of Understanding with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under Executive Order 13186, Responsibilities of Federal Agencies To Protect Migratory Birds;
- Help individuals navigate the various priority species lists coming from partnerships such as Partners in Flight (PIF), the Intermountain West Joint Venture, the North American Bird Conservation Initiative, the Idaho State Wildlife Action Plan, and agency lists;
- Explain the strengths of various databases, such as the Breeding Bird Survey, eBird, Christmas Bird Count, etc.;
- Provide information on other Decisions Support Tools.
Eighty-five wildlife biologists, NEPA planners and other representatives from BLM, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Idaho Department of Lands, Nez Perce Tribe, Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, Coeur d’Alene Tribe, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes and several private consulting businesses attended the workshops.
Click here for other meeting materials including NEPA, EO, and MOU relevant documents.
Click here to view/listen to recordings of the eight topics in the agenda from the Coeur d'Alene workshop held on November 10, 2016.