FEATURED FRIEND: Meet the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

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Meet the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, one of LPCI’s partner organizations. The Bird Conservancy plays a vital role in the scientific research that helps LPCI ensure that we’re doing the right things in the right places to benefit lesser prairie-chickens.

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Research Helps Fine-Tune Conservation Efforts

How do we know if habitat conservation efforts are really helping lesser prairie-chickens and other species? Through on-the-ground research. In 2016, Bird Conservancy of the Rockies completed its eighth field season of breeding bird surveys on public and private land across the western US. Their survey, known as the Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) program, is one of the largest breeding bird monitoring studies in North America.

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“By working with people and combining science and stewardship, we can ensure the right practices are delivered in the right places to benefit multiple grassland bird species including lesser prairie-chicken.” ~Tammy VerCauteren, Executive Director

Through IMBCR, LPCI and Bird Conservancy of the Rockies have teamed up to survey private ranches in the southern Great Plains to investigate the impact of LPCI conservation practices. Preliminary findings show that species richness of grassland-obligate songbirds was greater in LPCI landscapes than non-LPCI, and that species richness correlated with lesser prairie-chicken occupancy.

Additionally, findings from their on-going research— including a 2016 report that showed considerable positive effects of prescribed grazing and Conservation Reserve Program enrollment on lesser prairie-chicken habitat occupancy—helps LPCI fine-tune management strategies to deliver the greatest conservation return on investment, provide predictability for conservation actions, and ensure mutually beneficial solutions for landowners and wildlife.

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Landowner workshop on birdfriendly range management practices, Scott City, KS.

“Bird Conservancy aims to conserve species of concern through meaningful relationships with the private landowners who work those landscapes,” says Adam Beh, Bird Conservancy stewardship director. “Landowners are essential to the research by allowing field technicians access to their land—Bird Conservancy is deeply thankful to these committed landowners.”

About the Bird Conservancy

PrintBird Conservancy of the Rockies conserves birds and their habitats through an integrated approach of science, education, and land stewardship. Their work spans from the Rockies to the Great Plains, Mexico, and beyond. Their mission is advanced through sound science, achieved through empowering people, realized through stewardship, and sustained through partnerships.

Contact

Adam Beh, Stewardship Director  |  970-482-1707 ext 12  |  adam.beh@birdconservancy.org  www.birdconservancy.org