Science In Action

The IWJV delivers scientific information that helps landowners, agencies, and other stakeholders invest wisely in conservation.

The IWJV’s science and planning program is not a traditional research program. We create relationships between science producers, science users, program managers, and funders to address real management needs, goals, and issues. Relationships are key to the science program’s success.

Every project is co-produced with partners, leveraging science investments into conservation actions. Co-production connects our scientists with resource managers and landowners to understand their information and planning needs so they can deliver meaningful results. Our science staff also work directly with other researchers and agencies to leverage capacity and jointly fill information gaps important to conservation in the Intermountain West.


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Here’s a sampling of recent science projects that are essential to the conservation of wetlands and sagebrush rangelands across the West. These project titles are arranged by relevance to specific states. Click on project titles to access the published works.

ARIZONA

Climate and human water use diminish wetland networks supporting continental waterbird migration (January 22, 2020)

Innovation in rangeland monitoring: annual, 30 m, plant functional type percent cover maps for U.S. rangelands, 1984–2017 (September 19, 2018)

CALIFORNIA

Win-win for agricultural and wildlife; developing a wetland conservation model for white-faced ibis in the Intermountain West (In production, anticipated completion February 2021)

Climate and human water use diminish wetland networks supporting continental waterbird migration (January 22, 2020)

Western ranchers’ perspectives on enablers and constraints to flood irrigation (January 14, 2020)

Synchronizing conservation to seasonal wetland hydrology and waterbird migration in semi‐arid landscapes (June 2, 2019)

Seasonal drought in North America’s sagebrush biome structures dynamic mesic resources for sage‐grouse (December 11, 2018)

Unintended habitat loss on private land from grazing restrictions on public rangelands (September 26, 2018)

Innovation in rangeland monitoring: annual, 30 m, plant functional type percent cover maps for U.S. rangelands, 1984–2017 (September 19, 2018)

Extending Conifer Removal and Landscape Protection Strategies from Sage-grouse to Songbirds, a Range-Wide Assessment (January 15, 2017)

Public lands and private waters: scarce mesic resources structure land tenure and sage‐grouse distributions (February 2, 2016)

Managing risk and maximizing return; decision support for conservation of dynamic wetland landscapes in southern Oregon and northeast California (Technical report)

COLORADO

Win-win for agricultural and wildlife; developing a wetland conservation model for white-faced ibis in the Intermountain West (In production, anticipated completion February 2021)

Climate and human water use diminish wetland networks supporting continental waterbird migration (January 22, 2020)

Western ranchers’ perspectives on enablers and constraints to flood irrigation (January 14, 2020)

Seasonal drought in North America’s sagebrush biome structures dynamic mesic resources for sage‐grouse (December 11, 2018)

Unintended habitat loss on private land from grazing restrictions on public rangelands (September 26, 2018)

Innovation in rangeland monitoring: annual, 30 m, plant functional type percent cover maps for U.S. rangelands, 1984–2017 (September 19, 2018)

Low-tech riparian and wet meadow restoration increases vegetation productivity and resilience across semiarid rangelands (August 5, 2018)

Extending Conifer Removal and Landscape Protection Strategies from Sage-grouse to Songbirds, a Range-Wide Assessment (January 15, 2017)

Managing risk and maximizing return; decision support for conservation of Colorado’s dynamic wetland landscapes (Technical report)

Boom, bust: linking trends in greater sandhill crane abundance to patterns of rural land use change and wetland condition (Technical report)

IDAHO

Win-win for agricultural and wildlife; developing a wetland conservation model for white-faced ibis in the Intermountain West (In production, anticipated completion February 2021)

Climate and human water use diminish wetland networks supporting continental waterbird migration (January 22, 2020)

Seasonal drought in North America’s sagebrush biome structures dynamic mesic resources for sage‐grouse (December 11, 2018)

Unintended habitat loss on private land from grazing restrictions on public rangelands (September 26, 2018)

Innovation in rangeland monitoring: annual, 30 m, plant functional type percent cover maps for U.S. rangelands, 1984–2017 (September 19, 2018)

Extending Conifer Removal and Landscape Protection Strategies from Sage-grouse to Songbirds, a Range-Wide Assessment (January 15, 2017)

Managing risk and maximizing return; decision support for conservation of Idaho’s dynamic wetland landscapes (Technical report)

Boom, bust: linking trends in greater sandhill crane abundance to patterns of rural land use change and wetland condition (Technical report)

MONTANA

Win-win for agricultural and wildlife; developing a wetland conservation model for white-faced ibis in the Intermountain West (In production, anticipated completion February 2021)

Climate and human water use diminish wetland networks supporting continental waterbird migration (January 22, 2020)

Seasonal drought in North America’s sagebrush biome structures dynamic mesic resources for sage‐grouse (December 11, 2018)

Unintended habitat loss on private land from grazing restrictions on public rangelands (September 26, 2018)

Innovation in rangeland monitoring: annual, 30 m, plant functional type percent cover maps for U.S. rangelands, 1984–2017 (September 19, 2018)

Extending Conifer Removal and Landscape Protection Strategies from Sage-grouse to Songbirds, a Range-Wide Assessment (January 15, 2017)

Boom, bust: linking trends in greater sandhill crane abundance to patterns of rural land use change and wetland condition (Technical report)

NEVADA

Win-win for agricultural and wildlife; developing a wetland conservation model for white-faced ibis in the Intermountain West (In production, anticipated completion February 2021)

Climate and human water use diminish wetland networks supporting continental waterbird migration (January 22, 2020)

Synchronizing conservation to seasonal wetland hydrology and waterbird migration in semi‐arid landscapes (June 2, 2019)

Seasonal drought in North America’s sagebrush biome structures dynamic mesic resources for sage‐grouse (December 11, 2018)

Unintended habitat loss on private land from grazing restrictions on public rangelands (September 26, 2018)

Innovation in rangeland monitoring: annual, 30 m, plant functional type percent cover maps for U.S. rangelands, 1984–2017 (September 19, 2018)

Low-tech riparian and wet meadow restoration increases vegetation productivity and resilience across semiarid rangelands (August 5, 2018)

Extending Conifer Removal and Landscape Protection Strategies from Sage-grouse to Songbirds, a Range-Wide Assessment (January 15, 2017)

Public lands and private waters: scarce mesic resources structure land tenure and sage‐grouse distributions (February 2, 2016)

Boom, bust: linking trends in greater sandhill crane abundance to patterns of rural land use change and wetland condition (Technical report)

NEW MEXICO

Climate and human water use diminish wetland networks supporting continental waterbird migration (January 22, 2020)

Land use, anthropogenic disturbance, and riverine features drive patterns of habitat selection by a wintering waterbird in a semi-arid environment (November 7, 2018)

Innovation in rangeland monitoring: annual, 30 m, plant functional type percent cover maps for U.S. rangelands, 1984–2017 (September 19, 2018)

OREGON

Win-win for agricultural and wildlife; developing a wetland conservation model for white-faced ibis in the Intermountain West (In production, anticipated completion February 2021)

Climate and human water use diminish wetland networks supporting continental waterbird migration (January 22, 2020)

Western ranchers’ perspectives on enablers and constraints to flood irrigation (January 14, 2020)

Synchronizing conservation to seasonal wetland hydrology and waterbird migration in semi‐arid landscapes (June 2, 2019)

Seasonal drought in North America’s sagebrush biome structures dynamic mesic resources for sage‐grouse (December 11, 2018)

Unintended habitat loss on private land from grazing restrictions on public rangelands (September 26, 2018)

Innovation in rangeland monitoring: annual, 30 m, plant functional type percent cover maps for U.S. rangelands, 1984–2017 (September 19, 2018)

Low-tech riparian and wet meadow restoration increases vegetation productivity and resilience across semiarid rangelands (August 5, 2018)

Extending Conifer Removal and Landscape Protection Strategies from Sage-grouse to Songbirds, a Range-Wide Assessment (January 15, 2017)

Public lands and private waters: scarce mesic resources structure land tenure and sage‐grouse distributions (February 2, 2016)

Boom, bust: linking trends in greater sandhill crane abundance to patterns of rural land use change and wetland condition (Technical report)

Managing risk and maximizing return; decision support for conservation of dynamic wetland landscapes in southern Oregon and northeast California (Technical report)

Monitoring long-term wetland and rangeland trends; decision support for Oregon’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (Proposal)

UTAH

Win-win for agricultural and wildlife; developing a wetland conservation model for white-faced ibis in the Intermountain West (In production, anticipated completion February 2021)

Climate and human water use diminish wetland networks supporting continental waterbird migration (January 22, 2020)

Seasonal drought in North America’s sagebrush biome structures dynamic mesic resources for sage‐grouse (December 11, 2018)

Unintended habitat loss on private land from grazing restrictions on public rangelands (September 26, 2018)

Innovation in rangeland monitoring: annual, 30 m, plant functional type percent cover maps for U.S. rangelands, 1984–2017 (September 19, 2018)

Extending Conifer Removal and Landscape Protection Strategies from Sage-grouse to Songbirds, a Range-Wide Assessment (January 15, 2017)

Boom, bust: linking trends in greater sandhill crane abundance to patterns of rural land use change and wetland condition (Technical report)

WASHINGTON

Climate and human water use diminish wetland networks supporting continental waterbird migration (January 22, 2020)

Unintended habitat loss on private land from grazing restrictions on public rangelands (September 26, 2018)

Innovation in rangeland monitoring: annual, 30 m, plant functional type percent cover maps for U.S. rangelands, 1984–2017 (September 19, 2018)

Extending Conifer Removal and Landscape Protection Strategies from Sage-grouse to Songbirds, a Range-Wide Assessment (January 15, 2017)

Reconstructing semi-arid wetland surface water dynamics through spectral mixture analysis of a time series of Landsat satellite images (1984–2011) (February 26, 2016)

WYOMING

Win-win for agricultural and wildlife; developing a wetland conservation model for white-faced ibis in the Intermountain West (In production, anticipated completion February 2021)

Climate and human water use diminish wetland networks supporting continental waterbird migration (January 22, 2020)

Western ranchers’ perspectives on enablers and constraints to flood irrigation (January 14, 2020)

Seasonal drought in North America’s sagebrush biome structures dynamic mesic resources for sage‐grouse (December 11, 2018)

Unintended habitat loss on private land from grazing restrictions on public rangelands (September 26, 2018)

Innovation in rangeland monitoring: annual, 30 m, plant functional type percent cover maps for U.S. rangelands, 1984–2017 (September 19, 2018)

Extending Conifer Removal and Landscape Protection Strategies from Sage-grouse to Songbirds, a Range-Wide Assessment (January 15, 2017)

Boom, bust: linking trends in greater sandhill crane abundance to patterns of rural land use change and wetland condition (Technical report)


Working together is always better

We’re always looking for new partners with mutually beneficial programs to advance projects that benefit birds and other wildlife, ranching, industry, and economic livelihoods of western communities and cultures.

Let's Work Together