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WINGS ACROSS THE AMERICAS - Bird Conservation Awards for 2007 -- March 22, 2007, Portland, Oregon. Nominations are now closed!

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Research and Management Partnership Award

Ecology and Management of the Northern Goshawk in the American Southwest

The groundbreaking research by the Forest Service and its partners have helped amend national forest management plans that later prevented the need to list the Northern goshawk under the Endangered Species Act.

Award Recipients -- Forest Service

  • Dr. Richard Reynolds
    Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • Dr. Douglas Boyce, Jr.
    Pacific Northwest Research Station
  • Dr. Russel Graham
    Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • Bruce Higgins
    Kaibab National Forest
  • Dan Garcia de la Cadena
    Cibola National Forest
  • Scott Nannenga
    Sawtooth National Forest
  • Keith Menasco
    Forest Service Enterprise Team

Certificate Recipients -- Forest Service

  • Don de Lorenzo
    Southwestern Region, Regional Office
  • Richard Bassett (Retired)
    Southwestern Region, Regional Office
  • Leon Fisher (Retired)
    Southwestern Region, Regional Office
  • Dave Jolly (Retired)
    Southwestern Region, Regional Office
  • Mike Lannon (Retired)
    Kaibab National Forest, Supervisor's Office
  • Conny Frisch (Posthumously)
    Kaibab National Forest, Supervisor's Office
  • Raymond Brown (Retired)
    North Kaibab Ranger District, Kaibab National Forest
  • Jill Leonard
    North Kaibab Ranger District, Kaibab National Forest
  • Melissa Siders
    formerly with the North Kaibab Ranger District, Kaibab National Forest
  • M. Hildegarde Reiser
    formerly with the Herber Ranger District, Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest

Certificate Recipients -- Partners

  • Patricia Kennedy
    Oregon State University

This long-term partnership has achieved remarkable success in resolving one of the most controversial and critical issues in management of the forests in America’s Southwest. It is a shining example of ground-breaking research and effective adaptive management through hard work and collaboration among research scientists and forest managers. Research determined the distribution and density of goshawk nests, diets, demography, habitat uses, mate and territory fidelity, and home range characteristics, as well as the relationships between forest management practices and habitat use by goshawks. The partners developed and applied a scientifically-credible strategy to conserve the Northern goshawk, while sustaining forest ecology and providing for multiple uses of the forests. The approach, sustaining habitats needed for goshawk prey, is unprecedented in forest management. The work resulted in amended national forest management plans that were subsequentially ruled to prevent the need to list the Northern goshawk under the Endangered Species Act. Thus, the very costly impacts of a species listing were prevented. The research and monitoring work is unequaled in scope and intensity on this bird species. Critical science delivery and application on the ground were achieved throughout the 15 years of this project.


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Habitat Conservation Award

Red-cockaded Woodpecker Recovery Translocation Cooperative

Award Recipients -- Forest Service

  • Dr. Richard Conner
    Southern Research Station
  • Dennis Krusac
    Southern Region

Award Recipients -- Partners

  • Ralph Costa
    US Fish and Wildlife Service

Certificate Recipients -- Forest Service

 
 
Recovery of the endangered Red-cockaded woodpecker is dependent on protecting their habitat.
  • Apalachicola Ranger District
  • Oakmulgee Ranger District
  • Calcasieu Ranger District
  • Sam Houston Ranger District
  • Seminole Ranger District
  • Lake George Ranger District
  • Oconee Ranger District
  • Conecuh Ranger District
  • Shoal Creek Ranger District
  • DeSoto Ranger District
  • Chickasawhay Ranger District
  • Kisatchie Ranger District
  • Winn Ranger District
  • Catahoula Ranger District
  • Davy Crockett Ranger District
  • Angelina Ranger District
  • Sabine Ranger District
  • Poteau Ranger District
  • Shoal Creek Ranger District

Certificate Recipients -- Partners

Conservation of the Red-cockaded woodpecker has been a very difficult, controversial, and costly forest management issue for many years on private and public lands throughout the Coastal Plains of the southern United States. Recovery of this species, listed as Endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, is dependent on saving the remaining woodpecker populations and their habitats, increasing those populations to self-sustaining levels, establishing new suitable habitats, and reintroducing woodpeckers into suitable habitats within their historical ranges. Anything less than achieving these meant loss of this species. Since 1988, over 1200 Red-cockaded woodpeckers have been relocated, and 38 populations have been established. Over 100 hours of intensive field work and collaboration are required to translocate a single bird. A full understanding of the demographics of the donor and recipient population was achieved. Intensive surveys were conducted to ensure sites were suitable habitats. This is a remarkable story of collaboration and success among so many partners and landowners under very difficult and controversial circumstances. Eighteen Forest Service ranger districts on three national forests, five Department of Defense sites, two national wildlife refuges, nine state government sites, and five private land sites worked together to achieve this remarkable success.


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Habitat Conservation Award

Machias River Project, Phases I, II, III

Certificate Recipients -- Forest Service

  • Kathy Maloney
    Northeastern Area

Certificate Recipients -- Partners

Patnership is key to protecting important habitats, such as the area around the Machias River.

Award Recipients -- Forest Service

  • Robin Morgan
    Northeastern Area
  • Deirdre Raimo
    Northeastern Area
  • Neal Bungard
    Northeastern Area
  • Scott Stewart
    Northeastern Area

Award Recipients -- Partners

Most of the over 700 migratory and resident bird species in North America depend on forests, including in the United States. Yet forest habitats in the United States are declining. Long term conservation of birds depends on sustaining forests that are suitable habitats for millions of birds, other wildlife, and fish. The Forest Service Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry Program protects important forest land from conversion to non-forest uses in partnership with States, organizations, and private landowners. This project has had remarkable success and leadership to bring so many diverse partners together to create innovative ways to conserve forests, riparian areas, lake shores, and wetlands using easements, land acquisition, monitoring, and other means. Phase I and II invested over $9 million in Federal dollars matched by non-Federal dollars. Over 59,000 key forested and wetland acres are now protected by this project through fee purchase and easements. These are acres identified by the US Fish and Wildlife Service as the top priority for wildlife and fish protection along the Gulf of Maine Coast. These acres connect to over 340,000 acres of other protected lands. Over 28 bird species of high conservation concern, including the Bald eagle, American Black Duck, and Canada warbler, use the project area as well as four species of declining migratory fish.


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International Cooperation Award

Copper River International Migratory Bird Initiative

Certificate Recipients -- Forest Service

  • Joe Meade
    Chugach National Forest
  • Rebecca Nourse
    Chugach National Forest
  • Dr. Douglas Boyce
    Pacific Northwest Research Station
  • Dr. Winifred Kessler
    Alaska Region
  • Bill Otani
    Pacific Northwest Region
  • Jack Capp
    International Programs
  • Don Virgovic
    Pacific Northwest Region

Certificate Recipients -- Partners

 

The Forest Service and its partners show children in Panama, a stopover for migratory birds en route to the Copper River, the importance of bird conservation.

Award Recipients -- Forest Service

  • Dan Logan
    Chugach National Forest
  • James Chu
    International Programs

Award Recipients -- Partners

 

 

Up to five million shorebirds depend on the Copper River Delta, Chugach National Forest Alaska to successfully complete their annual migrations along the Pacific Coast of the Americas, from Alaska and Canada to Panama and farther south. Conservation of these species depends on sustaining their habitats all along the Pacific Coast, where these habitats are being rapidly lost. This Initiative has achieved outstanding success in identifying and measuring these threats, developing public awareness of what is happening, informing and partnering with national and regional governments in different countries, and educating youths in different nations. Achievements include development of the first-ever shorebird management plan for Mexico, a comprehensive detection of the thousands of acres of shorebird habitat losses along the Sinaloa Mexico coast, dedication of the Panama Bay, Panama, as a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network site, development of the science needed for shorebird habitat restoration, and directly involving over one half million school children and teachers in several countries in detailed shorebird conservation educational activities. International agreements have been signed between city mayors committing them to work together to conserve the shorebirds they share. The futures for species like the Western sandpiper and Dunlin depend on this work.


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