Fostering a Global Approach to Avian Conservation
The Institute for Bird Populations is a tax-exempt,
501(c)(3) California nonprofit corporation dedicated to research and
dissemination of information on the abundance, distribution, and ecology
of birds, and to facilitating scientifically informed conservation of
birds and their habitats.
The primary goals of The Institute are:
- to develop, facilitate, coordinate, and conduct scientific
research and standardized monitoring of birds and their environments.
The Institute focuses especially on programs that can be applied on
a global scale, can provide for the long-term monitoring of avian
vital rates and population trends, can help identify causes of avian
population change, and can aid in formulating management actions to
reverse population declines and maintain stable or increasing populations;
- to educate and train individuals, organizations,
and agencies, here and abroad, in avian research and monitoring methods
that can elucidate the ecological effects of environmental change
and can lead to scientifically defensible strategies for avian and
ecosystem conservation; and
- to serve as a global forum for disseminating information
on regional and global changes in the abundance, distribution, and
ecology of birds, and the causes of such changes. The Institute presents
its findings in scientific and lay publications, and publishes Bird
Populations, a scientific journal of global avian demography and biogeography.
Major Research Programs
IBP attempts to acheive these goals through seven major
- The MAPS Program - Monitoring
Avian Productivity and Survivorship throughout North America at over
500 banding stations.
- IBP's Sierra Nevada Bird Observatory
- Efforts to study, monitor, and conserve bird populations in California's
Sierra Nevada mountain range.
- Avian Inventory Program
- Collecting baseline information on avian diversity, distribution,
and abundance on public lands.
- The MoSI and MAWS programs
- Networks of mist-netting stations operated during the non-breeding
season to identify and understand winter habitat quality for landbirds.
- Tropical MAPS (TMAPS) -
Monitoring vital rates of resident birds in the tropics.
- Burrowing Owl Project
- Providing the scientific basis for development of a conservation
strategy for this declining species in California.
- Bird Populations Journal
- A peer-reviewed journal of global avian research and monitoring.
For the birds ...
Earth's biosphere and its biodiversity face a growing
number of severe environmental threats, many of which are truly global
in nature and scope. One set of threats includes climate change due
to the atmospheric accumulation of greenhouse gases; loss of stratospheric
ozone due to chlorofluorocarbon pollution of the atmosphere; and toxic
pollution of marine, aquatic, and terrestrial ecosystems from acid rain,
industrial wastes, agricultural runoff, and low-level radiation. Another
set of threats includes accelerating habitat loss and degradation from
the deforestation and fragmentation of tropical and temperate forest
ecosystems; the desertification and conversion to development and agriculture
of scrub and grassland ecosystems; the filling and development of estuarine,
wetland, and riparian ecosystems; the overexploitation of marine resources;
the irresponsible use of water and soil resources; and the growing urban
and suburban sprawl associated with the burgeoning human population.
In some cases, the effects of these pressures on specific
ecosystems and life forms are obvious and well documented. In other
cases, the effects are subtle, unexpected, and undocumented and may
be coupled to other processes in a synergistic manner. Either way, implementing
corrective actions generally requires that environmental problems be
thoroughly scientifically documented. Indeed, the human species has
embarked upon a global ecological experiment, the ramifications of which
may include higher extinction rates than any ever recorded in the fossil
record. Long-term comprehensive biomonitoring, on a global scale, is
urgently needed to effectively record the data from this experiment,
and even more importantly, to point the way toward meaningful solutions.
Birds, because of their high body temperature, rapid
metabolism, and high trophic position on most food webs, are excellent
indicators of the effects of environmental change. Documentation of
the effects of chlorinated hydrocarbon pollution on seabirds and raptors
and of the effects of heavy metal accumulation on waterfowl has provided
well-known examples of the value of birds as environmental indicators.
Compared to other taxa, birds are relatively easily observed and counted,
and they are abundant and diverse in virtually all ecosystems. Moreover,
the discrete seasonality of birds' reproductive efforts makes it relatively
easy to monitor their productivity, while their intermediate longevity
facilitates determination of their survivorship and population age structure.
Finally, the beauty of their plumage, actions, and song makes them favorite
objects of human attention, study, and love.
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