The International Bicknell’s Thrush Conservation Group (IBTCG) had their second annual meeting on 29-30 October, 2008. In order to reduce carbon emissions, the meeting was held by phone and webcam conference with participants gathering in two main venues: US Fish and Wildlife Service office in Hadley, Massachusetts, and the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton.
The IBTCG was founded in 2007 by U.S. and Canadian researchers. The IBTCG is a flexible, inclusive group with no rules for membership beyond a shared interest in furthering Bicknell's Thrush conservation. Its mission is “to develop a broad-based, scientifically-sound approach to conserve Bicknell’s Thrush, incorporating research, monitoring, and on-the-ground management actions." This group fosters cross-border collaborations to improve our understanding of the population status of Bicknell’s Thrush and to determine what conservation actions should be taken to ensure the long-term viability of the species. The IBTCG is continuing to develop collaborations with stakeholders on both the breeding and wintering grounds of Bicknell’s Thrush, with the goal of implementing range-wide conservation strategies.
The main objective of the meeting was to refine the Bicknell’s Thrush Conservation Action Plan, a document that outlines major threats, research priorities, and short- and long-term conservation actions. Twenty-five people participated in the meeting. The principal organizations, the Vermont Center for Ecostudies and Bird Studies Canada, led the discussions with input from university researchers, non-profit organizations, government scientists, and representatives from the forest industry.
Day one of the meeting focused on major research goals, with a breakout session in the afternoon for subgroups discussing the impacts of forestry and wintering ground factors. Day two of the meeting allowed the major monitoring programs for Bicknell’s Thrush, Mountain Birdwatch in the
For more information, please visit the group’s website at www.bicknellsthrush.org.