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Linking Bird Conservation Groups Across the Full Annual Cycle
Steve Albert & Lauren Helton | Linking Bird Conservation Groups Across the Full Annual Cycle...... Over the past few years, we’ve all read distressing news about the accumulated loss of three billion North American birds and the sudden demise of thousands more in the Southwest. Birds, especially migratory species, need our help. In partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, The Institute for Bird Populations (IBP), a non-profit conservation science organization, is launching a new initiative to establish connections between conservation organizations in Iowa and other parts of the Upper Midwest with our network of collaborators that are working to conserve the same species on their wintering grounds in Latin America. IBP works with 100 conservation groups in Latin America to help conserve the migratory birds we share across their life cycle. We believe establishing partnerships provide tangible benefits to all partners involved...... Local and state Audubon chapters will play a central role in this project...... Biography: Steve is an Assistant Director at IBP and works primarily with the organization’s two signature bird banding and monitoring programs, the MAPS and MoSI networks. Steve previously worked for various federal and state agencies and several Indian tribes. One of his primary interests is exploring how research, management, and policy can work together to protect migratory birds through their full annual cycle...... Biography: Lauren is a staff biologist and scientific illustrator at IBP. She recruits and trains seasonal bird banding crews and teaches bird banding classes for the MAPS, MoSI, and TMAPS (tropical MAPS) banding programs across the Americas and in the Pacific Islands. When not in the field, she helps maintain the quality of all bird banding data in these programs and provides illustrations for IBP's publications......BBAS Programs will be Zoom meetings for the remainder of this year. Watch for notification emails containing Zoom information and the link, r use the contact form on this website to get more information.
2021 Field Trips are Canceled
Until further notice, BBAS will not be having field trips in the spring of 2021. A socially distanced Birdathon is tentatively planned for May 8th. Stay tuned for more information.
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