Monitoring is not enough: on the need for a model-based approach to migratory bird management

Edited by: Rick BonneyDavid N. PashleyRobert Cooper, and Larry Niles


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Informed management requires information about system state and about effects of potential management actions on system state. Population monitoring can provide the needed information about system state, as well as information that can be used to investigate effects of management actions. Three methods for investigating effects of management on bird populations are (1) retrospective analysis, (2) formal experimentation and constrained-design studies, and (3) adaptive management. Retrospective analyses provide weak inferences, regardless of the quality of the monitoring data. The active use of monitoring data in experimental or constrained-design studies or in adaptive management is recommended. Under both approaches, learning occurs via the comparison of estimates from the monitoring program with predictions from competing management models.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Monitoring is not enough: on the need for a model-based approach to migratory bird management
Year Published 2000
Language English
Publisher U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
Publisher location Ogden, Utah
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 281
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Other Government Series
Larger Work Title Strategies for Bird Conservation: The Partners in Flight Planning Process. Proceedings of the 3rd Partners in Flight Workshop, Cape May, New Jersey, October 1-5, 1995
First page 121
Last page 123