Avian Knowledge Northwest is a regional node of the Avian Knowledge Network. This Decision Support System provides information from current and comprehensive datasets on birds and the environment for scientists, natural resource managers, and other individuals interested in conservation science in the northwestern United States. Such information increases our understanding of bird population distributions and trends and helps to inform ecological planning and advance ecosystem conservation. Avain Knowledge Northwest is hosted by the Klamath Bird Observatory, in partnership with Point Blue Conservation Science and the US Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station.
Decision Support Tools
Klamath Bird Observatory works with parters to develop Bird Conservation Decision Support Tools (DSTs) that transfer science-based information to communities who implement strategies that benefit birds and their habitats. Such DSTs link priority natural resource management challenges and bird conservation objectives using audience-specific delivery approaches to convey the best available scientific information through synthesis and interpretation of bird monitoring data.
For more information about DSTs and bird conservation see the manuscript Decision Support Tools: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Management.
Conservaton Plans are a form of decision support tool. Such plans are often detailed and information rich, representing the collective efforts of numerous individuals from multiple agencies and organizations. They are prepared to 1) stimulate and support a proactive approach to conservation and offer recommendations intended to guide planning efforts and the habitat management actions of land managers, 2) direct expenditures of government and non-government organizations, and 3) stimulate monitoring and research to support conservation. Often, the recommendations serve as the biological foundation for developing and implementing integrated conservation strategies for multiple species at multiple geographic scales to ensure functional ecosystems as indicated by healthy populations of landbirds.
Chaparral provides important habitat for birds and other wildlife in oak woodland ecosystems, yet land managers concerned about the risk of severe wildfire often reduce shrubs to protect oak woodlands. To provide guidance on how to best reduce chaparral in oak restoration projects so that it still provides key habitat for shrub-associated species, we developed a decision support tool for land managers based on the results from three studies. Oak Woodlands and Chaparral: Aligning chaparral-associated bird habitat needs with oak woodland restoration and fuel reduction in southwest Oregon and northern California informs management decisions regarding how different fuel-reduction methods (i.e., mechanical or manual treatments) influence bird communities and how the size and arrangement of the remaining chaparral patches influences whether shrub-associated birds will use them. Click here to download a printable version.
Bird Monitoring as an Aid to Meadow Restoration is based on a meadow restoration project implemented on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest and describes how bird monitoring can produce findings that will inform future restoration and contribute to the ecosystem conservation vision outlined by conservation policies in United States. Click here to download a printable version of this DST.
Birds in Mixed-Conifer Hardwood Forests: Managing Fire-Adapted Ecosystems in Southwestern Oregon synthesizes Klamath Bird Observatory's research and monitoring results and links these results to the Partners in Flight coniferous forest bird conservation plans. This DST shows that management for certain habitat attributes that is informed by bird conservation plans and results from related research and monitoring efforts can benefit Partners in Flight focal species and many other species and elements of biodiversity in these forests. Click here to download a printable version of this DST.
Bird Monitoring as an Aid to Riparian Restoration: Findings from the Trinity River in Northwestern California provides an overview of the Trinity River Restoration Program, summarizes bird monitoring findings (2002-2011), and provides information for land managers with respect to bird-habitat associations and riparian restoration. Click here to download a printable version of this DST.
Extensive fuel treatments implemented by land management agencies in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of southern Oregon and northern California have maintained no-cut buffer strips along riparian areas. Riparian Fuel Treatments in Intermittent and Perennial Streams: Effectiveness and Ecological Effects addresses an information gap regarding decisions to include riparian areas in fuel reduction efforts. Click here to view this document. To download a printable version of this DST click here.