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Midwest Landbird Migration Monitoring Network Workshop news

workshopAt last week's Midwest Landbird Migration Monitoring Network Fall Workshop, the following segments unpacked our preparation and planning for the months ahead, and gave us a picture of "where we are and where we hope to go":

Plenary Session: Setting the Stage for Collaborative Research in the Midwest

 Facilitator: Amber Roth, Research Assistant Professor and MLMMN Coordinator, Michigan Tech University

 12:30 pm Welcome and Overview of the Midwest Landbird Migration Monitoring Network

     ‐‐Amber Roth, Research Assistant Professor & MLMMN Coordinator, Michigan Tech University

1:00 pm Northeast Regional Migration Monitoring Network: regional migratory landbird research success stories

     ‐‐Becky Holberton, Professor & NRMMN Coordinator, The University of Maine

1:30 pm Coordinated monitoring of migrating landbirds: a case study from Lake Superior

     ‐‐Diane Packett, Migratory Bird Ecologist, Wisconsin Stopover Initiative

2:00 pm Full‐life cycle modeling and conservation of landbirds: What are the research needs for the migratory period?

     ‐‐Clark Rushing, George Didden Conservation Fellow, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center

Session 2: What should be the regional research and monitoring focus for the MLMMN leadership for the next two years?

Facilitator: Katie Koch, Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership Coordinator, US Fish & Wildlife Service

Session Output: 1‐2 research projects for regional focus over the next 2+ years

2:40 pm Overview of research prioritization of topics in strategic action plan and review responses from pre‐workshop request for project ideas.

     ‐‐Amber Roth, Research Assistant Professor & MLMMN Coordinator, Michigan Tech University

3:20 pm Discussion: Project structure, design, and mechanics

Session 3: Who is conducting monitoring
toward specific research questions and where? Who wants to be involved
(including those present and absent) in regional collaborative research?

Facilitator: Mark Shieldcastle, Research Director, Black Swamp Bird Observatory

Session Output: We need to understand our capacity as a Network to implement each project. To begin, we need to develop a: 1) list of potential collaborators for each project, and 2) description of where we will be working. Time permitting, we can discuss availability of resources among likely collaborators.

9:00 am Overview of Day 1 accomplishments and Session 3 objectives

     ‐‐Amber Roth, Research Assistant Professor & MLMMN Coordinator, Michigan Tech University

9:15 am Discussion

10:15 am Break

12:00 pm Lunch—provided on‐site

Session 4: Next Steps

Facilitator: Amber Roth

Session Output: Identify action items for the next year in preparation for the 2016 Stopover Symposium & research/monitoring workshop (Oct 5‐7, SchlitzAudubon Nature Center, Milwaukee).

1:00 pm Overview of Session 4 objectives: What do we need to do next?

 ‐‐Amber Roth, Research Assistant Professor & MLMMN Coordinator, Michigan Tech University review capacity and gaps to address focal projects

  • identify funding sponsors and write proposals with suggestions for methods and protocols
  • centralized data collection and management
  • other items?

1:30 pm Data storage and management needs: benefits of centralized systems (e.g. MWADC and BBL)

     ‐‐Katie Koch, Coordinated Bird Monitoring Partnership Coordinator, US Fish & Wildlife Service

2:00 pm Review action items and identify who will take a leadership role with each item.

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