Integrated Waterbird Management and Monitoring Program

In the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways

Managers and scientists working together to optimally manage conservation lands for waterbirds



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About the IWMM Program

Sustaining healthy populations of waterbirds that migrate long distances (waterfowl, shorebirds, and wading birds) is a major challenge for land managers. How does a manager know which species to manage for at a specific site? How important is a single site in the big picture? How can many managers coordinate their actions across the landscape so that the birds have the right amount and quality of habitat, at the right time, in the right places? These questions are difficult to answer without understanding how all the pieces fit together.

Managers and scientists are working together in a new project to understand and optimally manage conservation lands along the Atlantic and Mississippi Flyways to support continental populations of waterbirds. They are using adaptive management and modeling in an innovative way that incorporates their management expertise as well as new conservation planning and modeling tools.


October 2014

Dr. Brian Tavernia, our esteemed IWMM Sci. Coordinator, has taken a new job with The Nature Conservancy in Colorado.  We wish him well!

Dr. Tim Jones, Atlantic Coast Joint Venture Sci. Coordinator,  will be the Acting IWMM Sci. Coordinator for the next 3 months. His contact information is listed on the "CONTACTS" page.


Fall 2013 Data Drop

I have begun the process of appending database from summer/fall 2013 to the central IWMM database.  As I progress through the process, I will update this section to include the name of sites with databases that have been added to the central database.  On behalf of the IWMM, I thank everyone who submitted a database in response to the fall data call.

At this point, I have appended databases submitted from the following sites:

Back Bay NWR - Blackwater NWR - Bombay Hook NWR - Cape May NWR -  Chincoteague NWR - Clarence Cannon NWR - Crab Orchard NWR - Delaware State Lands - Erie NWR - Forsythe NWR - Great Meadows NWR - Horicon Marsh NWR - Iroqouis NWR - Mattamuskeet NWR - Montezuma NWR - Patuxent NWR - Pocosin Lakes NWR - Port Louisa NWR - Potomac NWR - Prime Hook NWR - Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary - Shiawassee NWR - Squaw Creek NWR - Stewart B. McKinney NWR - Two Rivers NWR - Upper Mississippi River NWFR





Project Newsletters
IWMM Project Introduction June 2009
IWMM Fall 2010 updateOctober 2010

IWMM Fact Sheet June 2012


Reporting species guilds in migration curve/hydrograph reports? 2 Replies

Is there a way to report on guilds; for example, dabblers, divers, and shorebirds, in the migration curve hydrograph report. I realize that you can select multiple species. However, I would like to…Continue

Started by Sadie O'Dell. Last reply by Sadie O'Dell Jan 29.

Database and Report Feedback 2 Replies

Hello IWMM Participants,In the near future, IWMM will begin developing an online database with the goal of improving our ability to meet the data entry, archival, and reporting needs of our…Continue

Started by Brian Tavernia. Last reply by Brian Tavernia Aug 2, 2013.

Water Level Report 1 Reply

I hope someone can help me. I am trying to run a report that shows our entered water level over the years. I am able to run a report but it lists the Unit ID code (the long numbers format) but I need…Continue

Started by Raeth Justin Morgan. Last reply by Raeth Justin Morgan Mar 21, 2013.

Survey Type for Bird counts 2 Replies

I think we need a "Ground/Flush Count" in the drop down box for "Survey Type" catagory.  I have units that we survey on the ground to determine species compositions but then I count the birds in the…Continue

Started by Matthew S. McAdams. Last reply by Matthew S. McAdams Feb 13, 2013.

Refractometer Brand 2 Replies

Hi all,Is there a specific brand or type of refractometer we should use? If not, what have others been using to measure salinity? I was going to pick one off of Amazon but wanted to double check…Continue

Started by Chelsea DiAntonio. Last reply by Lindsay Coldiron Jan 22, 2013.

Database Comment Field 1 Reply

Brian,It would be nice to have a comment field on the database next time there is an update. Unusual birds such as the male NOPI X MALL seen on this week's survey have no way of being recorded on the…Continue

Started by Kathleen Carlyle. Last reply by Brian Tavernia Dec 3, 2012.




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