Connecting Communities for Grassland Bird Conservation and Research

March 6, 2016 - 3-5 PM

Join us for Amy Johnson’s presentation, “Virginia Working Landscapes: Connecting communities for grassland bird conservation and research” that will focus on her research and the excellent work being done by VWL.

North America’s grassland birds have declined more so than any other guild of bird species. With more than 80% of remaining grassland habitat on private lands, it is essential that conservation research address how private land management influences grassland-dependent species. Virginia Working Landscapes (VWL), a conservation initiative convened by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), works with landowners to promote biodiversity and wildlife habitat on both public and private lands, and includes a long-term biodiversity monitoring program. This presentation will emphasize the importance of collaboration between landowners, citizen scientists, natural resource professionals and conservation scientists to encourage management activities that support grassland bird habitat and will provide insight into some of the research questions being addressed by SCBI scientists.

Amy Johnson is a PhD student at George Mason University studying grassland bird ecology through the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, VA. The objective of her dissertation research is to explore how land management influences landscape characteristics in grassland communities and to determine the impacts of management practices on grassland-dependent bird species.