Woodland Management Conference Sep 21: Restoring Natural Communities for Bird Conservation, St. Louis

Please join us Sunday September 21, 2014, for a Bird Conservation Alliance meeting in St. Louis, Missouri. It will be held prior to and at the same location as the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ (AFWA) fall meeting.

Restoring Natural Communities for Bird Conservation will focus on bird conservation and forest and fire-driven natural community restoration including discussions on glades, oak and pine woodland communities, providing Golden-winged Warbler habitat, and fire management.

The meeting will be from noon until 5 pm at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at The Arch, 315 Chestnut St., St. Louis, Missouri, 314-655-1234.  The opening reception for the AFWA meeting will be that evening. 

To register for Restoring Natural Communities for Bird Conservation please go to http://support.abcbirds.org/site/Survey?ACTION_REQUIRED=URI_ACTION_USER_REQUESTS&SURVEY_ID=1440

Agenda for Restoring Natural Communities for Bird Conservation, Sept. 21:

Noon:    Welcome and Opening Remarks.

Jane Fitzgerald, Central Hardwoods Joint Venture Coordinator, American Bird Conservancy

12:15:    What Are Natural Communities and Why Are They Important? 

Paul Nelson, author of the Terrestrial Natural Communities of Missouri.

1:00:      How Does the Restoration of Natural Communities Benefit Birds of Conservation Concern?  Todd Jones-Farrand, Central Hardwoods Joint Venture Science Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

1:45:      The Role of Fire in Natural Community Evolution and Restoration.

Mike Stambaugh, Research Assistant Professor, University of Missouri, Columbia.

2:45:      Natural Community Restoration in Practice: Restoring Shortleaf Pine Communities at a Landscape Scale on the Mark Twain National Forest.

Rich Hall, Planning and Operations Staff Officer, Mark Twain National Forest.

3:30:      Restoring Golden-winged Warbler Habitat on Public and Private Lands

Peter Dieser, Golden-winged Warbler Public Lands Coordinator, American Bird Conservancy

Please see the attached Bird Conservation magazine article for more information on this topic.

For more information please contact Steve Holmer, Director, Bird Conservation Alliance, sholmer@abcbirds.org, 202-888-7490.