Conservation Planning - MAV Landbirds

Forest breeding species are one of the most important components of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley (MAV) avifauna, despite the loss of nearly 80% of the forested wetlands in this region. At least 70 species occur in bottomland hardwoods as a primary habitat. Almost 30% of the breeding populations of Prothonotary Warbler are found within the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Other typical species of bottomland hardwood forests include Northern Parula, Swainson's Warbler, Red-shouldered Hawk, and Red-headed Woodpecker.  Partners have developed a spatially explicit decision support model, based on a Partners in Flight plan for forest bird conservation, that prioritizes forest restoration to reduce forest fragmentation and increase the area of forest core.  The results of the conservation planning for Bottomland Hardwood in the region and other documents are contained here.

Landbird Planning in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley:

Parent Plan: North American Landbird Conservation Plan


MAV Plan: PIF Bird Conservation Plan for the MAV

                "2015 Forest Breeding Bird Decision Support Model"


Latest Plan Revision: 1999


Objectives Baseline Year: Variable


Population Objectives: Variable


Habitat Objectives: The PIF Plan details habitat requirements of priority species/guilds, and prescribes Bird Conservation Areas of three threshold size classes (4,000-8,000 ha, 8,00-40,000 ha, >40,000 ha) to meet priority species needs.  Twedt et al. (2006) identifies high priority geographies for reforestation for high priority forest-nesting birds based on existing forest habitat and an assumed premium on increasing forest core.