Providing habitat at the right time and right places for non-breeding waterbirds!





Sustaining healthy populations of waterbirds that migrate long distances 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.

Integrated Waterbird Management and Monitoring (IWMM) is a multi-scaled conservation approach that integrates monitoring, modeling and decision support to optimize wetland management for waterbirds during migration and winter. The program focuses on waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds, and brings together managers, scientists and conservation partners from multiple regions. The goal of IWMM is to enable decision-makers to ensure that non-breeding waterbirds have the right habitat, in the right place, at the right time.  


February 2015

The IMMM Monitoring Manual has been updated!  The updates include improved waterbird use and vegetation and unit condition protocols.  Check it out by clicking on the "PROTOCOLS & DATA FORMS" link above!

**** Transition to the updated protocols in the new manual will occur this fall 2015 ****








Project Newsletters

IWMM Fact Sheet June 2012
IWMM Fall 2010 update October 2010

IWMM Project Introduction June 2009


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 display guilds, not individual species, on the…Continue

Started by Sadie O'Dell. Last reply by Sadie O'Dell Jan 29, 2014.

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 participants. To inform our database development efforts,…Continue

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




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