The SAMBI proposes to integrate planning efforts between the four major migratory bird planning initiatives and other single species bird conservation initiatives, seeking common goals and objectives for habitat conservation to sustain, maintain, and increase populations of resident, migrating, and wintering birds in the SAMBI area.
BCR Coordinator: Craig_Watson@fws.gov
SAMBI Goals & Objectives
Two general and very high priority habitat goals for the SAMBI Planning area are:
- To provide optimal breeding habitat to maintain and increase populations of priority species, and to
- To provide high quality managed habitat to support requirements of species migrating through or spending the winter in the region
These goals are common to all of the major bird conservation plans that are being addressed in this Implementation Plan, and are therefore appropriate to present here as goals for “all bird” conservation. Primary goals for all species associated with this effort can be found at links to the other major bird conservation plans at NABCI.
Some specific goals of SAMBI are:
- Identify priority species and their associated habitats.
- Delineate focus areas for each of the major bird groups using existing and emerging bird initiatives, and local knowledge.
- Develop population objectives for priority species (where applicable) and/or develop habitat objectives for helping to meet the population and conservation needs of the region. These objectives can be quantitative or directional.
- Develop partnerships and implementation strategies to meet stated population and/or habitat objectives.
- Establish effective and cost-efficient evaluation and monitoring protocols to measure the success in accomplishing population and/or habitat objectives and assist in the adaptive management process.
- Develop research projects and survey methods to address assumptions underlying population and habitat objectives.
- Identify habitats and assign priority to areas where this Initiative would be most effective and positive in delivering conservation, while not duplicating other efforts.
- Provide estimates as to what habitats presently exists (where and how much), identify quantity of habitat and/or numbers of birds/populations desired and the restoration/management objectives necessary to reach that goal.
- Utilize existing GIS and other current mapping capabilities to recommend and wisely direct conservation efforts in the SACP, in conjunction with planning efforts in the East Gulf Coastal Plain, and with other BCR/JV planning efforts.