Upper Mississippi Valley/Great Lakes Regional Shorebird Conservation Plan (Version 2.0)
The Upper Mississippi Valley / Great Lakes (UMVGL) region is a diverse area that includes five Bird Conservation Regions (BCRs) and provides important habitat for shorebirds, especially migrants. In 2000, Version 1.0 of the UMVGL Regional Shorebird Conservation Plan (de Szalay et al. 2000) was developed. This plan – Version 2.0 – updates that document. Thirty-five shorebird species occur regularly in the UMVGL region, and information is provided on their seasonal occurrence and abundance in each of the BCRs comprising the UMVGL region. Habitat preferences, migration chronology, population status, and management recommendations are also noted. Updated information on continental populations has been stepped down to the UMVGL region. A primary goal of this plan is to guide action that will ensure the availability of shorebird foraging and nesting sites over a range of climatic conditions by protecting, restoring, and managing a variety of habitat types throughout the UMVGL region.
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