Symposiums

July 18th 

“Avian Research and Conservation in Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands of New Mexico”

Organizers: Clint Boal (clint.boal@ttu.edu) and Corrie Borgman (corrie_borgman@fws.gov)

Pinyon-juniper woodlands are biologically important vegetation communities of the western United States, with the highest diversity of wildlife, highest density of nesting birds, and the highest number of bird species throughout the year over all other upland habitats in the West. Several species, such as Juniper Titmouse and Pinyon Jay, require pinyon-juniper woodlands and are species of substantial conservation concern. However, pinyon-juniper woodlands have undergone significant expansion and encroachment into predominantly grass and shrubland habitats over the last 100 years due to a history of overgrazing and fire suppression following western colonization. This creates a management challenge for federal and state agencies seeking to restore native habitats to pre-European settlement conditions while balancing the need to conserve avian species of conservation concern. This symposium will present current research focused on understanding pinyon-juniper obligate bird species in New Mexico, and management efforts being made to balance conservation with restoration goals.

July 19th

Moving the Needle on Avian Conservation in the Southwestern U.S.: Grand Challenges and Opportunities”

Organizers: Gavin Jones (gavinjones@unm.edu) and Abby Lawson (ajlawson@nmsu.edu)

The southwestern United States is home to an extraordinarily high diversity of birds, due in part to its diverse vegetation and topography. As such, it serves as a testing ground for conserving birds in a rapidly changing world. Climate change, drought, wildfire, and other environmental changes are magnified in this dry, warm region, challenging existing conservation paradigms. In this symposium, we give a broad overview of the issues surrounding bird conservation in the southwestern US, perspectives from various stakeholders in bird conservation, examples of scientific innovation and tool development, and how science-management partnerships can support bird conservation in a warming world.

[Note: The previously advertised “Saving the Blue Crow” symposium on Pinyon Jay conservation has been cancelled at the request of the organizer.]