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Category: Migratory species

Project: Migratory Connectivity Project

Language: English

Country/Region: Global

Summary: The Migratory Connectivity Project was created by a consortium of scientists and conservationists to facilitate the development of new technologies and serve as a portal for gathering and disseminating information about migratory species connectivity. The ultimate goal is to advance the conservation and understanding of migratory species by promoting the study of migratory connectivity and full-life cycle biology at multiple temporal and spatial scales, encouraging the development and use of technology to track animals, working with governmental and non-governmental partners to integrate full-life cycle biology into conservation planning processes, and educating local and international communities about the migratory animals that they share. The website includes information about migratory species conservation issues (such as climate change and invasive species), methods and technology (such as satellite telemetry and geolocators), and education and citizen science.

Project: North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI)

Organization: United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Language: English, Spanish, and French

Country/Region: Canada, United States and Mexico

Summary: The North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) aims to ensure that populations and habitats of North America's birds are protected, restored, and enhanced through coordinated efforts at international, national, regional and local levels guided by sound science and effective management. Its website consists of four sections - International, the United States, Mexico, and Canada; each one offers a description of the work the initiative is doing in each country and at the international level. NABCI-Mexico is housed on the Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (CONABIO) website, which coordinates the Initiative in that country. It provides the entire history and context of NABCI-Mexico, as well as its committees, partners, projects and publications, and more; it also has a section dedicated to information about birds (general data, species at risk, prioritized species, exotic species, introduced species and pests; collective bird counts, extinctions, etc.); as well as a "Species of the month" and news sections. The NABCI-Canada and NABCI-International pages feature sections with information about bird conservation regions, joint efforts, monitoring programs, and other related information; a section with initiatives that collaborate in planning bird conservation and bird conservation plans; and a section with links to related initiatives and relevant websites. NABCI-United States has sections that provide documents with information about the initiative and bird conservation in general; information about the NABCI committee in the United States and internationally; an interactive map of bird conservation regions; bird conservation plans from different conservation initiatives; and news and events, and an archive of the initiative's "All-Bird Bulletin."

Organization: Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS)

Language: English, Spanish

Country/Region: Regional

Summary: The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society website promotes the conservation of whales, dolphins and porpoises and their key habitats, and seeks to connect cetacean conservation stakeholders. The website is divided by region; both the North America (in English) and Latinoamérica (in Spanish) sections feature information on cetacean research, international and national advocacy campaigns, species guides, relevant news articles, how to respond to a stranded animal, links to other cetacean-related websites and more.

Organization: Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative (WHMSI)

Language: English, Spanish

Country/Region: Western Hemisphere

Summary: The Western Hemisphere Migratory Species Initiative (WHMSI), comprised of NGOs and government ministries from more than 35 countries, aims to build capacity to conserve and manage migratory wildlife, improve communication on conservation issues of common interest, strengthen information exchange needed for informed decision making, and provide a forum where issues can be identified and addressed. The WHMSI website features information about the Initiative's goals, how it was formed, and its structure; a news archive, links to interviews and articles featuring migratory species conservation projects, and a "species of the month" archive; information about how to participate, information about WHMSI conferences, and a list of WHMSI participants; and downloads of MOUs signed between various parties and WHMSI. The site also features the WHMSI Pathway, a database that matches priority migratory species conservation needs with the projects and resources available to meet them, and the WHMSI online discussion forum.

Organization: MigraMar

Language: English (Some reports available in Spanish)

Country/Region: Tropical Pacific Ocean

Summary: MigraMar is a network of scientists, research institutions, conservation NGOs, and government agencies that aim to assess the current population status of sharks and other pelagic species in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean -- Ecuador, Colombia, Panama and Costa Rica. Its website contains information about its Shark Census project, which is developing a baseline of shark distribution and abundance at dive sites in the Marine Protected Areas in the region; the Migratory Patterns program, which tags and maps shark migratory routes; the Site Fidelity and Hotspots program, which investigates the residency of key sites and the degree of connectivity between them; and the Species Behavior program, which investigates shark foraging, community, and migratory patterns. The website includes a secure database where approved contributors can add and analyze data related to each project. It also describes the primary threats pelagic species currently face, includes researcher descriptions and contact information, and offers a variety of downloadable species images.

Organization: The State of the World's Sea Turtles

Language: English (Some reports and toolkits are available in Spanish)

Country/Region: Global

Summary: The State of the World's Sea Turtles (SWOT) website features information and tools to help conservationists participate in and encourage sea turtle conservation worldwide, including the organization's annual SWOT Reports, which highlight success stories, innovative conservation techniques, and new scientific findings related to sea turtle conservation. Its SWOT Outreach Toolkit provides specific activities and advice to develop sea turtle conservation awareness campaigns in local communities, and the SWOT Outreach Grant program offers five $1,000 grants each year to projects that creatively integrate SWOT Report content and tools into their campaigns.

Project: State of the World's Birds

Organization: BirdLife International

Language: English

Country/Region: Global

Summary: BirdLife International's State of the World's Birds website is a compilation of existing knowledge about the status, threats, and mechanisms to improve the status of global bird populations. The site is organized into four sections, each of which contain a number of overarching themes and case studies that help visitors to customize their searches. The "Introduction" section explains the importance of birds and biodiversity, and provides background information on the Important Bird Areas program. The "State" portion examines what we know about the changing state of the world's birds in terms of extinct, threatened, and declining species. "Pressure" looks into the reasons why bird populations are declining, such as habitat destruction, invasive species, pollution, and more. The "Response" section offers strategies to improve the status of birds around the world, such as increased governance, improving livelihoods, building popular support for conservation, habitat conservation, and more.

Project: Wings Across the Americas

Organization: United States Forest Service - International Programs

Language: English

Country/Region: Western Hemisphere

Summary: The United States Forest Service is collaborating with a wide range of partners throughout the Americas to conserve migratory birds, bats, and butterflies and their habitats. The Wings Across the Americas program aims to assist in research, conservation management, and capacity building activities to help maintain healthy ecosystems for these species both within the United States and throughout their migratory range. The "bats" section features information on the ecosystem services that bats provide and the Forest Service's scholarship program for bat conservation research projects. The "birds" section (available in English, Spanish, and French) provides information about the ecological importance of birds; examples of partnerships that are collaborating across the hemisphere to conserve shared species; detailed information and links to individual Joint Venture websites; and information about Wings Across the Americas Bird Conservation Award-winners. The "butterflies" section features information about butterfly migration, threats to their survival, how the Forest Service is supporting butterfly conservation efforts, and links to related websites.

Project: Adaptation to Climate Change in Marine Turtles

Organization: World Wildlife Fund

Language: English

Country/Region: Insular Caribbean Region

Summary: The World Wildlife Fund's Adaptation to Climate Change in Marine Turtles (ACT) program seeks to develop management strategies to help endangered sea turtle species adapt to climate change.  Using the hawksbill turtle as an indicator species, ACT is compiling information about ambient temperature at nesting sites, beach morphology and resilience, and the relevant dynamics of water tables, mangroves, sea grass beds, coral reefs, and ocean ecosystems and currents; the sources, types and availability of existing information; known and potentially unknown information gaps and best ways to fill them; and the best way to organize and process gathered information.

Organization: Shorebird Research Group of the Americas

Language: English and Spanish

Country/Region: the Americas

Summary: The Shorebird Research Group of the Americas (SRGA) is a consortium of researchers interested in the biology and conservation of shorebirds in the Americas. The SRGA website features links to species-focused working groups that are exploring potential causes for shorebird declines, biographies of researchers and their areas of focus, a list of publications related to shorebird decline, lists of high-priority shorebird species and populations, and links to related information.

Organization: Convention on Migratory Species (CMS)

Language: English, Spanish, French

Country/Region: Global

Eco-Index Summary: The Convention on Migratory Species website features in-depth information on migratory species conservation around the world. The "CMS Publications" page features valuable reports about migratory species conservation. The "Species Activities" page features current initiatives to conserve a variety of migratory species; related news and an events calendar; and information about the Convention such as official documents, CMS bodies and meetings, and information about the convention's secretariat.

Project: Global Register of Migratory Species (GROMS)

Language: English, with background information available in French, Spanish, German, and Norwegian

Country/Region: Global

Summary: The Global Register of Migratory Species (GROMS) database aims to provide data about migratory species including GIS distribution maps, population data, and a bibliography of related publications. The species database contains information about 4,350 migratory vertebrate species, and includes information such as common names in a variety of languages; their IUCN Red List status and their conservation status according to the Convention on Migratory Species and CITES; migration patterns; and links to related information. The site also offers global-scale distribution maps for 1,100 species in GIS-format, and through Google Earth.

Project: Marine Turtle Program for Latin America and the Caribbean

Organization: World Wildlife Fund - Central America

Language: English, Spanish

Country/Region: Latin America and the Caribbean

Summary: Six of seven species of marine turtles inhabit the waters of Latin America and the Caribbean. This website features information about WWF's Marine Turtle Program in the Neotropics and current regional efforts to conserve turtles. It has links to documents and information on conservation strategies, research, publications, news and related sites. To learn more about each species, the site also offers a link to WWF's Global Species Program.

Organization: Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center

Language: English and Spanish

Country/Region: Global

Summary: The Migratory Bird Center (MBC) website includes profiles of Smithsonian bird research projects, including agroforestry, human impacts on birds, and population ecology; information about the Migratory Bird Center's fellowship program; a series of fact sheets about topics of interest to migratory bird conservationists including shade coffee, insect predation, habitat conservation and more; links to pertinent research publications; materials about "Bird Friendly" coffee production and Neotropical migratory bird conservation; and photographs of a wide variety of bird species.

Organization: BirdLife International

Language: English, Spanish

Country/Region: Americas and the Caribbean

Summary: The BirdLife International website provides an overview of global bird conservation programs, including special sections for the Americas and the Caribbean. Of the world's approximately 10,000 species of birds, around 4,500 are found in the Americas with many more discovered each year. While the majority of species are found in the tropics, the enormous diversity of birds in the Americas includes species adapted to the driest deserts, highest sierras, and even the extreme cold of Patagonia. The Caribbean, on the other hand, is home to over 560 species of birds, more than 25 percent of which are endemic to the region, with 56 being globally threatened. In both regions, BirdLife International manages conservation programs. An informative newsletter for each region is available to download in PDF format.

Organization: Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles

Language: English, Spanish

Country/Region: The Americas

Summary: The Inter-American Convention for the Protection and Conservation of Sea Turtles website includes general and scientific information about the six species of sea turtles found in the Americas. In addition to details about the main threats to these endangered species, the site offers useful publications in PDF, links to other relevant sites, and details about the convention, committees, and recent events.

Organization: Partners in Flight

Language: English

Country/Region: North America, the Neotropics

Summary: This site features a Bird Conservation Directory, planning information, a searchable research and monitoring needs database, a species assessment database, a list of funding opportunities, and bird conservation resources. Partners in Flight events, such as International Migratory Bird Day, are also highlighted.