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PRISMOverview_01

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The Program for Regional and International Shorebird Monitoring (PRISM) is a coordinated effort to survey shorebirds in North America. PRISM is designed to meet the monitoring goals of the U.S. and Canadian Shorebird Conservation Plans, both of which identify the need for reliable information on the distribution, abundance and population trends of shorebirds. PRISM has four major elements designed to address these information needs: arctic and boreal breeding surveys, temperate breeding surveys, temperate non-breeding (migration) surveys, and neotropical surveys.
The Program for Regional and International Shorebird Monitoring (PRISM) is a coordinated effort to survey shorebirds in North America. PRISM is designed to meet the monitoring goals of the U.S. and Canadian Shorebird Conservation Plans, both of which identify the need for reliable information on the distribution, abundance and population trends of shorebirds. PRISM has four major elements designed to address these information needs: arctic and boreal breeding surveys, temperate breeding surveys, temperate non-breeding (migration) surveys, and neotropical surveys.

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05/10/2014

 
Program for Regional and InternationalShorebird Monitoring (PRISM)
version 0.7January 26, 2002Jonathan Bart, Brad Andres, Stephen Brown, Garry Donaldson, Brian Harrington,Heather Johnson, Vicky Johnston, Stephanie Jones, R. I. G. Morrison, Michel Sallaberry,Susan K. Skagen, and Nils Warnock 
 
Contents
Abstract...............................................................................................................................3Introduction..........................................................................................................................4Arctic and Boreal Breeding Surveys .................................................................................11Continental Survey........................................................................................................11Regular Surveys at Permanent Sites..............................................................................13A Checklist Program .....................................................................................................13Boreal Regions ..............................................................................................................13Other Projects in Support of the Northern Surveys ......................................................14Temperate Breeding Surveys ............................................................................................16Temperate Nonbreeding Surveys ......................................................................................18Current and Emerging Programs...................................................................................20 Neotropical Surveys ..........................................................................................................23Assistance to Local Managers ..........................................................................................25Acknowledgments..............................................................................................................26Literature Cited..................................................................................................................26Appendix: Shorebird Taxa ................................................................................................282
 
Abstract
This report describes the “Program for Regional and International ShorebirdMonitoring” (PRISM). PRISM is being implemented by a Canada-U.S. ShorebirdMonitoring and Assessment Committee formed in 2001 by the Canadian ShorebirdWorking Group and the U.S. Shorebird Council. PRISM is based on the shorebirdconservation plans recently completed in Canada and the U.S. and provides a single blueprint for implementing both of these plans. The goals of PRISM are to (1) estimatethe size of breeding populations of 74 shorebird taxa in North America; (2) describeescribe shorebirds’ distribution, abundance, and habitat relationships; (3) mshorebirds’ distribution, abundance, and habitat relationships; (3) monitor trends inshorebird population size; (4) monitor shorebird numbers at stopover locations, and; (5)assist local managers in meeting their shorebird conservation goals. It has three maincomponents: arctic and boreal breeding surveys, temperate breeding surveys, temperatenon-breeding surveys, and neotropical surveys. Progress on, and action items for, eachmajor component are described. We believe that the most important major tasks for immediate action are formulating a plan to carry out the northern surveys, evaluatingaerial photographic surveys for migration and winter counts, and carrying out severalregional analyses to design the program of migration counts. The Summary andRecommendations section contains a brief justification for these conclusions along with alist of the other actions needed to implement PRISM.3

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