Field Studies


The World Bird Sanctuary’s Field Studies Staff are dedicated individuals with biology, wildlife management or related degrees. Each individual is well educated in the visual and auditory identification of avian species in the field.

Our Three Phase Program for Wildlife Area Enhancement

Habitat Assessment

The first step of any project generally includes the evaluation of the property in question.  WBS field staff are able to provide an overall assessment of biodiversity, habitat quality, critical habitat identification and the presence or absence of federally or state identified endangered or threatened species as well as species of special concern.

Habitat assessment typically takes 1-12 months depending on the scope of the project. This incorporates the birds that use the area as breeding grounds, wintering grounds as well as the species that use the area as a rest stop during migration. To establish a population size or assess the impact of a project on a population requires a lengthier study.

Conservation Consultation

After a thorough assessment of the property has been completed, senior WBS field staff will develop various comprehensive habitat management plans taking into account the current and proposed land use. The identification of habitat restoration and/or enhancement opportunities can be made at this time.

Habitat Management

WBS is experienced in the development of long term habitat management programs designed to maintain an increased overall habitat quality. Based on goals and objectives developed during consultations, a detailed management plan can be put together including design, construction oversight and long term monitoring and maintenance regimes. When properly implemented, such a plan is integral to the success of any project and may bring other benefits such as increased aesthetic value and potential reductions in maintenance costs.

Depending on the nature of the project WBS is also experienced in the development of educational programs
and can assist in the development of site-specific educational material.

Recognition

The World Bird Sanctuary (WBS) is internationally recognized as a first-class conservation organization and has consulted on many projects for zoological institutions including international entities such as the Ecuador Zoological Park and the Guyana Zoological Park. WBS' environmental consultants have experience working with numerous government organizations including the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Missouri Department of Conservation, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, United States Air Force, Conservation on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and many others.


Questions about Field Studies? Call: (636) 861-1392 or email: fieldstudy@worldbirdsanctuary.org