Conservation Roundup: October 2011

The October 2011 issue of IWJV News


As this newsletter begins to describe, the Intermountain West is a region characterized by its ecological diversity. From the stunning alpine high country to the saline lakes of its vast deserts, it is a land of diverse topography, habitats, birds, and people.
One of the primary tasks of Joint Venture conservation science is to establish linkages between regional and continental conservation goals for migratory birds.
Think about the greatest challenges to bird and habitat conservation. What pops into mind? Habitat loss, invasive species, direct mortality, limited water resources, or any other number of threats. In thinking about the conservation solutions necessary to address each challenge, what is needed? Not changes in bird behavior… we’re not trying to get birds to require less habitat, or prefer invasive species for their food source, or fly away from towers, or consume less water.
© Dan Christensen Greater Sage-Grouse, token species of the Sage Grouse Initiative.
© Dan Christensen Greater Sage-Grouse in courtship display.
Birds don’t bother with passports. But you can’t blame them, as they have no knowledge of the border between breeding Canadian habitat and their U.S. wintering habitat, nor do they realize how much work is being done in these two countries to ensure that these habitats are conserved. But now, in the Intermountain West region, that work is going to be shared with greater potential for coordination to benefit birds.
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