Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions eNewsletter
Spring 2019
Welcome to the first IMBCR e-newsletter!

We plan to release 3 newsletters a year showcasing applications of IMBCR data for management or conservation efforts, highlighting the many partners and faces that make IMBCR possible, and providing updates and outreach materials.

Please feel free to forward the newsletters to any interested colleagues who might find the material useful. If you have examples you would like to share of using IMBCR data or photos taken during IMBCR surveys or projects, or questions/ideas for future newsletters, please send them in !

Jennifer Timmer ( Conservation Delivery Biologist)
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) is a breeding landbird monitoring program that spans the Great Plains to the Intermountain West. A nested, probabilistic sampling design allows us to make inference about bird populations at multiple scales across public and private lands. Click here to see a map of the program’s footprint and a list of partners.
A New Look for 2019!
You may have noticed something new at the top of the page… IMBCR has a logo! The logo was created to provide identity to IMBCR and the partnership that makes the program possible.
After several iterations with a graphic designer and feedback from partners, the final logo is ready. You can download versions of the logo here to use for reports, presentations, etc.
IMBCR Partner Spotlight
Liza Rossi
Bird Conservation Coordinator
with Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW)

Putting the Data to Work
Liza is planning to use trend estimates to monitor Species of Greatest Conservation Need to inform the State Wildlife Action Plan. Trend and population estimates are especially useful for Tier II species which often lack data compared to higher priority species, like Greater Sage-Grouse. Trend estimates will also help prioritize management and conservation action for species in Colorado because we now have 10 years of monitoring data.
Liza and her kiddos posing with a Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse
CPW is developing state-wide distribution maps with IMBCR and other data for SWAP species and Liza also plans to use species distribution maps that Playa Lakes Joint Venture is creating. Finally, CPW is setting up a sampling strategy with IMBCR and other data to better monitor Pinyon Jays.
Colorado Parks & Wildlife has been an IMBCR partner agency since the beginning (2008) and Liza has been involved with the IMBCR program since 2016. She helps set up the funding agreements for Colorado surveys in coordination with the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management .
IMBCR Resources
Rocky Mountain Avian Data Center Webinar
May 7, 2019 12-1 P.M. MST
Interested in learning more about IMBCR population estimates and how to access them on the Rocky Mountain Avian Data Center ? We will go over how to access estimates for particular species and regions of interest, how to interpret the estimates, and some additional features. There will be time for questions. Also check out these short videos on how to use the RMADC.
Online Tools
IMBCR data are used in a variety of ways by state and federal partners, NGOs and university researchers. Visit this sheet to see a list of data sharing requests, special projects and analyses using the IMBCR sampling design and/or data, and publications and factsheets.
Recent factsheets available for download:
From the Field
Spring has Sprung!
It’s springtime and that means the birds have begun singing and IMBCR crew leaders are busy getting ready to count them. From training crews to organizing field gear, there is never a dull moment in the bird world this time of year.

Right: Training field technicians to collect bird and vegetation data for IMBCR surveys. Photo by Nick Van Lanen.
The IMBCR Vision and Mission statement is almost ready! This document is meant to guide the IMBCR program and we would appreciate any additional feedback from partners. We will compile comments, questions, and edits and share the final version this summer.
Stay in touch!
We welcome questions, example applications of IMBCR data, or any other contributing material (pictures!) for future IMBCR e-newsletters.
Contact: Jennifer Timmer via email or by phone: (970) 482-1707 x25
birdconservancy.org/IMBCR