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The Institute for Bird Populations is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation founded in 1989 to study the causes of bird population declines. IBP's first major initiative was the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) program, a continent-wide collaborative network of bird banding stations. Other flagship programs include the Monitoreo de Sobrevivencia Invernal (MoSI) program to study the ecology of Neotropical migrant birds on their wintering grounds, and our regional science and conservation programs conducting avian research, population monitoring, and conservation work in several geographic regions using diverse methods from point counts to emerging wildlife tracking technologies. Our work has spread to other parts of the globe, including Canada, the Neotropics, and Pacific Islands, as well as to non-avian wildlife like insect pollinators.
We collaborate locally, nationally, and globally with individuals, government agencies, and NGOs in diverse fields to assess the effects of land management actions, climate change, and other ecological stressors on bird populations, and prescribe practical solutions. We use cutting-edge science, and publish results in peer-reviewed journals.
Our primary goals are to:
  • Conduct top-tier scientific research that answers pressing ecological and land management questions to support effective conservation of birds and other wildlife.
  • Monitor the health of bird populations across their full annual cycle, yielding large data sets that are resources for conservation scientists worldwide.
  • Help train the next generation of avian conservationists.
The Institute for Bird Populations is a member organization of the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI).
IBP's Post Office Box address (for USPS mail delivery) is:
PO Box 518
Petaluma, CA 94953
Contact information for individual staff members can be found on the IBP Staff webpage.
Photo Credits: Top of Page, Mick Thompson; Right Column, Frank D. Lospalluto.








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