11 / 14 / 11
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Short-eared Owl Migration Study

The Short-eared Owl has undergone a steep, long-term, and range-wide decline tantamount to a 71% reduction in population size since 1966.  From 1999-2009, the decline in the US accelerated to -7% annually.  Because of this, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the US Fish and Wildlife Service jointly deployed 26 satellite transmiters on Short-eared Owls in western and central Alaska in 2009 (shown in red) and 2010 (shown in blue) to document the non-breeding movements of Short-eared Owls from Alaska and identify important non-breeding habitats and locations. 

            Numerically speaking, it appears more owls spend time in Alberta and Montana during the non-breeding seasons than any other state or province.  Therefore, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is interested in parntering with organizations in Montana, Alberta, and elsewhere to: 1) better understand how wintering habitats in these areas have changed concurrent with the species’ decline and 2) apply this information to support on-the-ground efforts to conserve grasslands for this and other grassland-dependant species in Montana and Alberta.

            Please contact Travis Booms (travis.booms@alaska.gov) if interested in learning more about this study or exploring future collaborations and partnerships in Montana or Alberta to conserve Short-eared Owls and the grasslands they depend upon.

 

10 / 6 / 11
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Lewistown Meeting Report

At the recent Montana Bird Conservation Partnership meeting in Lewistown, September 14-15, twenty-five of us journeyed to the Judith Gap Wind Energy Facility, owned and operated by Invenergy, a Chicago-based company.  John Bacon, on-site manager, gave us a field tour and even let us look inside a wind tower!  John answered many questions about tower siting, energy output, transmission line capacity, longevity of wind farms, and much more. 

Oh, and we had a great meeting discussing research, monitoring, and conservation projects on the Yellowstone River and across Montana’s prairie & sagebrush landscapes. 

MBCP meeting notes from Lewistown, September 14-15

6 / 23 / 11
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Plains and Prairie Pothole Landscape Conservation Cooperative Supports Grassland Bird Research

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, a partner on grassland bird research on the Montana Glaciated Plains, was awarded $60,000 for this work by the Plains and Prairie Pothole Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2010. We recently received a second year of funding, $60,000 in 2011. These funds go directly to support our Grassland Bird Conservation on Working Landscapes (link to section in Monitoring and Research) project.

6 / 23 / 11
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Bird Monitoring Funding Support from the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The Montana Bird Conservation Partnership and the emerging Idaho Bird Conservation Partnership have been awarded $65,000 for implementation of bird monitoring on private and riparian lands in Bird Conservation Region 10. Funds will be used to assess bird distribution and abundance on these traditionally under-sampled lands. These data will also be used by MBCP partners for bird-habitat modeling and development of Decision Support Tools. Support from the GNLCC will allow us to fill gaps in existing data identified by the Intermountain West Joint Venture, Montana Bird Conservation Partnership, and other leaders in conservation science in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Funds will also be used to strengthen a science-based Idaho conservation partnership to increase communication and collaboration among bird conservation partners in Idaho and the region.

This is the second year of funding from the GNLCC for this work. In 2010, the MBCP was awarded $35,000 for bird monitoring in the Montana portion of Bird Conservation Region 10. Field sampling is ongoing and anticipated to continue through at least 2015. For more information on our Integrated Monitoring by Bird Conservation Region project, click here. >>

6 / 23 / 11
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Funding Award from the Northern Great Plains Joint Venture

The Montana Bird Conservation Partnership has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Northern Great Plains Joint Venture to support partner participation and meeting costs. The MBCP provides a forum for coordination within and among the Joint Ventures to support all-bird conservation under the major bird initiatives and the Northern Great Plains, Prairie Pothole, and Intermountain West Joint Venture Implementation Plans. The enhanced capacity provided through meeting support from the NGPJV will support our most active participants and attract new and welcome partners from within the conservation community, such as land trusts, conservation district councils, and other non-governmental organizations.

Travel support awards will be available for eligible partners through this grant for our next MBCP meeting in fall 2011. Details will be forthcoming.