Ecological research on birds is the foundation of ASC projects and activities. Within the larger process of ecological research, monitoring is included as a component and not as a stand-alone activity. Such an approach maximizes the utility of the information and provides the essential information needed by decision makers to inform land management and natural resource policies; contributing to the larger conservation process.
At ASC, we foster an interdisciplinary approach in our research to provide service and research, educate students, and partner with peer organizations and institutions with a focus on avian species as our model assemblage.
Avian Monitoring to Inform Conservation
At ASC, we use avian monitoring to provide information at the status of populations, communities and/or ecosystems, as well as information that can be used to investigate effects of conservation actions. Our approach to monitoring is best described as target monitoring in which specific objectives, based on specified conservation actions, are evaluated. With this approach, the role of avian monitoring data are made explicit, allowing efficiency in the monitoring program as a vital component of conservation efforts. Currently, ASC is involved in numerous short- and long-term monitoring programs.
Engaging Private Landowners in Ecosystem Conservation
Prairie birds are more imperiled than any other habitat-dependent group of birds in North America. Conservation initiatives have recently originated with the intention to partner with local private landowners to enhance, restore and help conserve native prairie ecosystem while maintaining productive and sustainable land use to support human needs. Our ability to work one-on-one with private landowners provides not only the critical ecology information needed on avian species but also fosters our ability to assist private landowners in sustaining viable ecosystems.