Bird populations in the American Southwest face substantial ecological challenges stemming from climate change and other threats. Harsh weather and rugged landscapes present major challenge to studying birds in large portions of the region. With our partners, IBP is meeting these challenges with thoughtful planning and the incorporation of emerging technologies.
Mojave Desert Bird Studies
Cottonwood Creek and the Surprise Canyon Wild and Scenic Rivers are gems of biological diversity in the harsh Mojave Desert environment of southeast California, where perennial streams and riparian vegetation provide wildlife with valuable resources and offer visitors a unique recreational opportunity. IBP is conducting bird surveys for the Bureau of Land Management to map the area’s diversity of species and provide information for incorporating bird habitat needs into land management. We are combining point count surveys with Autonomous Recording Units (ARUs), which may prove an effective survey method in these remote and rugged areas.
Avian Population Monitoring in Southwest National Parks
IBP is working with the National Park Service to monitor bird populations in Grand Canyon National Park and other parks of the Southern Colorado Plateau Inventory and Monitoring Network. This long-term effort will yield important findings about habitat needs of Southwest birds, the status of declining populations, and the effects of climate change.
For more information about IBP’s work in the American Southwest, please contact Steven Albert
Top left panel: Gary Nored; middle left panel: Becky Matsubara; lower left panel: Mick Thompson; top right panel: Wendy Miller.