Our Approach to Science
Joint Ventures have collectively embraced all-bird conservation and have been tasked with improving the science that drives regional species and habitat conservation actions. JVs intend to address this through the use of integrated biological planning, conservation design, and delivery as well as monitoring and research.
One goal is to link species-specific population objectives to explicit habitat targets for priority bird species in the Joint Venture. In other words, we aim to set a defensible target population size for each priority species, and then determine how much food—and thus habitat—that population needs to survive. It is predicated on the notion that if you "keep the table set" for priority birds, they will keep coming back.
Our intention—which is now being realized—is to produce science-based products and guidelines that will help JV catalyze science and planning that will result in an increasingly clear focus for strategic, on-the-ground habitat conservation in the Intermountain West.
To accomplish this, the IWJV has placed emphasis on developing our science capacity through the work of two Science Team members: Josh Vest (Science Coordinator) and Patrick Donnelly (Spatial Ecologist). In addition, we have assembled a strong Technical Committee, formulated a clear set of priorities on the habitats and landscapes in which we need to focus, and have established an array of connections with JV science partners to enhance regional cooperation.
Our philosophy and plans, outlined below, can be downloaded here.
Abstracts to each section are found below:
A few of our science efforts underway include:
- Greater Sandhill Crane Habitat Initiative
- Southern Oregon-Northeaster California Working Wet Meadow Initiative
- Water Scarcity and Working Lands: Linking wetland dynamics to landscape carrying capacity for migratory bird conservation