The World Bird Sanctuary Field Studies Team 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. They continue to monitor wild bird populations through seasonal bird banding efforts and habitat management contracts.
During 2014, the Bird Banding Team conducted 78 banding sessions in which 1,171 birds of 62 species were captured, banded and released-making for one of our biggest years ever. Twenty of those banding sessions were performed with the public so we could educate about the importance of monitoring bird populations. Data is collected regarding the species, size, age and sex of each bird before it is released. It is then submitted to the Central Banding Lab at the United States Geological Survey for recordkeeping. This work helps wildlife organizations and authorities track the health of bird populations through their movements, migration, breeding and numbers. World Bird Sanctuary also participates in Project OWLNET, a nationwide initiative that’s studying the migratory patterns of the Saw-whet Owl. In 2014, we banded 8 Saw-whets.
The Field Studies and Habitat Management Teams also conducted site visits to various high land-use corporations and provided assessments and recommendations to ensure that the land-use was compliant with state and federal environmental management laws and regulations.
Our Three Phase Program for Wildlife Area Enhancement
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 and 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.
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 will then be made.
WBS is experienced in the development of long term habitat management programs designed to increase 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.
The World Bird Sanctuary (WBS) is internationally recognized as a first-class conservation organization and has consulted on many projects for zoological institutions. This includes 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.