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The Midwest Migration Network


Formed in 2014, the mission of the Midwest Migration Network is to coordinate efforts of monitoring stations, research programs, and stakeholders as part of a sustainable network focused on conservation efforts needed to sustain migration of landbirds through the Midwest.

Our Goals:

  • Identify, conserve, and manage stopover sites throughout the Midwest.
  • Understand migratory movements and conserve airspace as habitat.
  • Share information and protocols to address questions at larger scales.

What are the benefits of joining the Midwest Migration Network?

  • Team up with other researchers and banding stations to answer big picture questions
  • Add value to projects by using systematic protocols
  • Share and receive guidance on sample design and other technical issues
  • Share and analyze data from a wide network of contributors through a web-based system
  • Showcase your work and its significance to bird conservation at large

For more information, visit and join the Midwest Migration Network web forum (http://midwestbirdmonitoring.ning.com/group/mwlandbirdmigration), or contact our coordinator,

Dr. Amber Roth ().

Midwest Landbird Migration Monitoring Network

The MLMMN hosted an autumn 2015 workshop at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve (see: http://midwestbirdmonitoring.ning.com/group/mwlandbirdmigration ), and we are preparing for an expanded new workshop, one of three tracks at the State of Stopover Symposium in Milwaukee, WI: https://stopover2016.wordpress.com/

Read more at the above links, and please join us in October!

We recognize the importance of understanding migratory connectivity through a well-coordinated network of observers, researchers, and decision makers.  We are undertaking a strategic planning process to develop a formal network for coordinated landbird migration monitoring.  

For more information or to join this working group, contact Katie Koch ().

For more information on the network's strategic plan, please contact Amber Roth ().

Beginning in January 2014, the Western Great Lakes Bird and Bat Observatory hired a coordinator to help the working group develop a concise, clear Strategic Action Plan to identify priority migration needs and detail an organized network of monitoring and research capacity that can be mobilized to address these needs, both at regional and local levels. The results of the year-long strategic planning effort are in a document found here.

pdfMidwest Landbird Migration Monitoring Network Strategic Action Plan1.5 MB