Previous California Landscape Cooperative (CA LCC) funding for our project titled, “A Broad - Scale, Multi - Species Monitoring Protocol to Assess Wintering Shorebird Population Trends in Response to Future Land Use and Climate Change” resulted in the development and implementation of a CA LCC - wide monitoring program for shorebirds – The Pacific Flyway Shorebird Survey (PFSS; www.prbo.org/pfss ). The PFSS has led to centralized databases in the California Avi an Data Center ( CADC; www.prbo.org/cadc) , the quantification of the distribution, abundance and variability in shorebird habitat in the Central Valley, the development of shorebird habitat association models, online data summary applications available to r esource managers and the public, and an “iterative learning” quantitative framework for adaptive management. These products are complete and continue to improve through leveraged funds, although efforts are needed to integrate this work into decision makin g processes of conservation practitioners. Specifically we hope that o ur efforts will help with setting shorebird population objectives, population tracking, and shorebird habitat conservation prioritization and management being completed in the coming yea r by the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture (SFBJV) and the Central Valley Joint Venture (CVJV) as part of revisions to their implementation plans, as well by wetland managers in the Central Valley. Over the last year by conducting workshops separately with C VJV and SFBJV partners, we evaluated the capacity of the PFSS , its habitat associat ion modeling framework , and data summary applications to (1) inform shorebird population objectives and over time assess whether progress is being made towards those objecti ves, (2) identify the impacts of habitat management and conservation actions on shorebird populations, and (3) result in management decisions that incorporate the impacts of climate change. These workshops included a discussion of how the resources we have developed in conjunction with the PFSS could be used most effectively by the JVs and specifically for their implementation plan revisions. We also shared our data products more broadly across the Central Valley through two additional workshops (one in Sa cramento Valley and one in San Joaquin Valley) of wetland habitat managers (e.g. Grasslands Water District, US Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge Managers, California Department of Fish and Wildlife Area Managers). We developed a list of ways in which the P FSS and associated data products (or some extension of them) can be effective for managers and their decision making. These workshops have already resulted in refinements to our existing decision support tools and we hope the development of new decision support applications that wetland managers will use in the future. Herein, we present a brief summary of each workshop and some of the overall findings, as well as a list of data needs and recommended improvements to the shorebird monitoring framework and data products.
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