Highlights from the Nongame Bird Program
The amount of checkoff money that the DWR actually receives for the Nongame Bird Program is minimal in comparison to the needs. Thus, only a small portion of checkoff money goes toward any one of these projects, some of which are described below. Checkoff money is matched with other money from the Nongame Bird Program budget and then that sum is (almost always) matched with money from another agency or university, etc.
Utah Partners in Flight Avian Conservation Strategy: The primary purpose of the Strategy is to prioritize avian species and their habitats and to set objectives designed to determine which are most in need of immediate and continuing conservation efforts. The plan provides detailed accounts of priority bird species and habitats and recommends appropriate conservation actions required to effectively manage Utah's avian species. The plan also provides an ecological summary of Utah and features general descriptions of over 230 Utah bird species.
Riparian bird monitoring: Population trends, productivity and site fidelity have been recorded in over 50 sites in Utah's streamside woods. This project uses a combination of bird counts and bird trapping/banding to determine bird population trends in Utah's most diverse and rare habitat type. This in turn allows us to provide better management of riparian habitats to enhance avian populations and avian diversity.
Riparian Management Handbook: This document provides land and wildlife managers with a valuable tool in managing riparian habitats for birds and other wildlife. It features sections on the ecology of riparian systems and conservation of birds, and it describes the bird species that use Utah's riparian areas. It also provides descriptions of riparian plants important to birds and recommends techniques to establish and restore healthy riparian systems.
Sensitive species inventory and monitoring: Several Utah Sensitive Species are inventoried and monitored to determine their current status. The program is designed to indicated which species are most vulnerable to population declines or habitat alteration. Results are then be used in developing and implementing conservation measures. By developing and implementing timely and sufficient conservation measures for sensitive species, federal listing of these species under the Endangered Species Act may be precluded. This program documented the recovery of Peregrine Falcons in Utah; this data was then used (in part) to justify the removal of Peregrines from the federal threatened and endangered species list.
Endangered and threatened animals of Utah: This publication is a guide for landowners, planners, educators, and decision makers concerned about the issues of natural resources conservation in Utah. The guide presents the legal implications of management of lands inhabited by federally listed species. The document also gives detailed descriptions of Utah's threatened and endangered animals and discusses what can be done to assist in recovery of listed species.
Training: We provide training to both professional biologists and the public. Public workshops include bird identification and bird feeding. Professional training includes bird identification, inventory, monitoring, and management; workshops focus on nongame birds, raptors, or threatened, endangered, and sensitive species.