Research & Management
Landbird Management Information
Partners in Flight (PIF) has developed Bird Conservation Plans (BCPs) for each physiographic area and/or state in the United States. This series of scientifically based landbird conservation plans is the foundation for PIF’s long-term strategy for bird conservation. The geographical context of these plans is physiographic areas, modified from original strata devised by the Breeding Bird Survey. In the West, the physiographic area plans are written within the context of a larger state plan. Although priorities and biological objectives are identified at the physiographic area level, PIF objectives will be implementated at different scales , including individual states, federal agency regions, joint ventures, and Bird Conservation Regions (BCRs).
Go to the PIF website for a more detailed description of Bird Conservation Plans or directly to the BCP’s.
What Landbirds Potentially Occur on My Project?
What Landbirds Potentially Occur on My Project?
Landbird Management Tools – Nesting Structures
Bird Feeder Construction (USGS Site)
The Raptor Research Center (RRC) operates in the College of Arts and Sciences at Boise State University. The RRC and the Department of Biology share common interests in basic biology and the conservation of natural resources. The center and department collaborate to pursue these interests through research, education, and conservation, especially regarding raptors (birds of prey) and their ecosystems.
The Raptor Research Center administers support from the state legislature for the Master of Science in Raptor Biology program. These state-appropriated funds are used largely to provide teaching assistantships and research support to graduate students and to faculty associated with the Raptor Biology graduate degree program.
The RRC provides space and basic office services to Raptor Biology graduate students and to students earning a Master of Science or Master of Arts in Biology. There are about 40 students enrolled in these master degree programs. RRC administrative staff includes three part-time permanent persons. The RRC also conducts grant-based research. There are temporary professional staff members employed under such grants and cooperative agreements. In 1990, Boise State University entered into a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, and recently the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Forest and Rangeland Ecosystem Science Center - Snake River Field Station (SRFS). This agreement provides for diverse collaboration toward the cooperators' mutual interests. Additionally, The Peregrine Fund, Inc. provides support toward graduate student research and RRC operations. The RRC provides office space and support for the Idaho Bird Observatory. The goal of these collaborations is to further accomplish the cooperators' respective missions as they relate to biology, ecology, conservation, and education. In recent years, the scope of work by the RRC has broadened to include a greater variety of species and more diverse problems and questions. RRC's research, education, and conservation objectives are met with support from significant cost share/challenge grant projects, and cooperative agreements. //rrc.boisestate.edu
Raptor Research Foundation
The RRF achieves its goals primarily through publication of research reports in The Journal of Raptor Research, but also holds an annual meeting at which research results are presented. The RRF also makes small grants and awards to support raptor studies and to make it possible for students to attend meetings of the society.
The RRF cooperates with similar societies in other countries, and with universities, state, and federal natural resource conservation agencies to accomplish its goals of education and conservation. Such collaborations have led to scientific meetings in other countries, international cooperation in conservation efforts, and the publication of special reports on threatened raptors. biology.boisestate.edu/raptor
World Working Group on Birds of Prey and Owls
WWGBP issues a newsletter to all members and subscribers, keeping them informed of current research, forthcoming conferences, status reports, recent publications, etc. WWGBP has also created e-mail discussion groups for rapid dissemination of information, ideas, requests etc. www.raptors-international.de
Boise State University, Idaho
Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research Group
Other Raptor Organizations
Raptor Migration Organizations
HWI also uses trapping and banding, satellite telemetry, stable isotope analysis, and other methods to obtain raptor movement data. HWI project sites also support studies that may involve the collection of feathers, blood, and other noninvasive measurements, within the limits of federal regulations concerning the handling of raptors. We have contributed greatly to what is known about raptor populations in the United States, and our data are used by State and federal agencies, academia, and non-profit conservation organizations for setting raptor conservation and management priorities. The ultimate purpose of this work is to foster the maintenance of healthy, sustainable raptor populations and the ecosystems upon which they depend.
Golden Gate Raptor Observatory - The mission of the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory is to study migrating birds of prey along the Pacific coast and to promote public awareness of the state of raptor populations. The GGRO is dedicated to the conservation of raptors and to community involvement in wildlife research. Our studies of the movements of hawks through the Golden Gate National Recreation Area demonstrate that biological boundaries extend far beyond political boundaries. The GGRO is a project of the Golden Gate National Parks Association and the National Park Service, and is made up of 250+ community volunteers and a small staff.
Hawk Migration Association of North America - The Hawk Migration Association of North America was founded in 1974 as a not-for-profit all-volunteer organization. Its purpose is to advance the knowledge of raptor migration across continents; to help establish rational basis for future monitoring of raptor populations; and to provide, through the use of standard reporting forms and procedures, a data bank on migrations for the use of professional and amateur ornithologists.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association - Raptors are wide-ranging, predatory birds that include hawks, eagles and falcons. Because they sit at the tops of many food chains, raptors-or birds of prey-are flagship indicators of ecosystem health, helping us understand our broader conservation needs. Hawk Mountain's mission is to foster the conservation of birds of prey worldwide and to create a better understanding of, and further the conservation of, the natural environment, particularly the Central Appalachian region.
Cape May Bird Observatory - Cape May, New Jersey is one of the most renowned birding areas, not only in the United States, but in the world. The peninsular geography and prevailing westerly winds create a migrant trap unmatched in eastern North America. Cape May is situated at the southeastern most tip of New Jersey. During periods of northwest and west winds in the fall, large numbers of southbound hawks, as well as other migrants, are steered toward the coast and subsequently funneled down the peninsula to Cape May. When migrating raptors arrive at the southern tip of the sate, the 13-mile expanse of Delaware Bay causes most species to hesitate before choosing a strategy for continuing their migration.
Each fall, 16 regularly occurring species of hawks migrate through Cape May. Late September through mid-October is the time of peak raptor diversity and marks the period when impressive numbers of peregrine falcons pass through. The Cape May Point Hawk Count platform has been staffed each fall since 1976 by the Cape May Bird Observatory's official hawk counter, from September 1 to the end of November. A daily and annual raptor count is tallied throughout the fall, and exceptional totals are recorded each year. Education interns are on hand from early September through early November to help novices hone their hawk identification skills.
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