Maps/GIS

The JV Science Office maintains and distributes regional bird habitat spatial data to conservation partners. Images, maps, and associated GIS files found in the Joint Venture Habitat Conservation Strategies and 2007 Implementation Plan are available upon request. The Science Office can also provide spatial data and information for other regional conservation initiatives (e.g., Great Lakes American Woodcock and Young Forest Initiative). Examples of data available are listed below; not all available data is listed.

Please send requests for GIS files or custom images to Benjamin_Kahler@fws.gov.

Catalog of Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region Joint Venture GIS Data (PDF)

BCRs and JV boundary

 

Bird Conservation Regions and JV boundary

Bird Conservation Regions (BCRs) established by the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI) are the basic ecological planning units for the JV.  More information on BCRs can be found here http://www.nabci-us.org/bcrs.htm.

Marsh Breeding value

 

Value to marsh breeding birds

Value is based on herbaceous wetland breeding bird abundances and habitat models for multiple breeding waterbirds and waterfowl.  This map is found in the 2007 Implementation Plan.  See JV Waterbird and Waterfowl Habitat Conservation Strategies for species specific maps and information.

Marsh Breeding focus areas

 

Marsh breeding bird focus areas

Conservation priority areas for marsh breeding birds found in the 2007 Implementation Plan based on breeding bird abundances and habitat models for multiple waterbirds and waterfowl.  See JV Waterbird and Waterfowl Habitat Conservation Strategies for species specific maps and information.

Woodland Breeding value

 

Value to woodland breeding birds

Value is based on woodland breeding bird abundances and habitat models for multiple breeding forest birds. This map is found in the 2007 Implementation Plan. See the JV Landbird Conservation Strategy for species specific maps and information.

Woodland Breeding focus areas

 

Woodland breeding bird focus areas

Conservation priority areas for woodland breeding birds found in the 2007 Implementation Plan based on breeding bird abundances and habitat models for multiple landbirds. See the JV Landbird Habitat Conservation Strategy for species specific maps and information.

Openland Breeding value

 

Value to openland breeding birds

Value is based on openland breeding bird abundances and habitat models for multiple breeding openland birds.  This map is found in the 2007 Implementation Plan.  See the JV Landbird Conservation Strategy for species specific maps and information.

Openland Breeding focus areas

 

Openland breeding bird focus areas

Conservation priority areas for openland breeding birds found in the 2007 Implementation Plan based on breeding bird abundances and habitat models for multiple landbirds.  See the JV Landbird Habitat Conservation Strategy for species specific maps and information.

Marsh Non-breeding value

 

Value to marsh and deep water non-breeding birds

Value is based on harvest distribution for marsh and open-water duck species, plus distribution and abundance of existing emergent marsh and open water.  This map is found in the 2007 Implementation Plan.

Marsh Non-breeding focus areas

 

Marsh and deep water non-breeding bird focus areas

Conservation priority areas for marsh and deep water non- breeding birds found in the 2007 Implementation Plan based on harvest distribution for marsh and open-water duck species, plus distribution and abundance of existing emergent marsh and open water.

Mudflat Nonbreeding value

 

Value to mudflat and shallow water non-breeding birds

Value is based on potential shorebird restoration areas and harvest of waterfowl that frequent mudflat / shallow water communities.  This map is found in the 2007 Implementation Plan.

Mudflat Nonbreeding focus areas

 

Mudflat and shallow water non-breeding bird focus areas

Conservation priority areas for mudflat and shallow water non- breeding birds found in the 2007 Implementation Plan based on potential shorebird restoration areas and harvest of waterfowl that frequent mudflat / shallow water communities.

Wetland Birds value

 

Value to wetland birds

Ensemble map to focus wetland bird conservation to areas with value to multiple wetland bird species (i.e., breeding and non-breeding waterfowl and shorebirds and breeding waterbirds).  This map was produce to assist scoring North American Wetland Conservation Act grants in the region.  Detail on map production can be found here: http://www.journalconsplanning.org/2011/
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Emergent Wetland Coverage

 

Emergent wetland coverage

Percent of herbaceous wetland coverage based on emergent wetland land cover class in the 2001 National Land Cover Dataset within a 1 km circular radius.

Forest Coverage

 

Forest coverage

Percent of forest cover based on forest land cover classes in the 1992 National Land Cover Dataset within a 1 km circular radius.

Grass Hay Coverage

 

Grass and hay coverage

Percent grass and hay cover based on grassland and pasture/hay land cover classes in the 1992 National Land Cover Dataset within a 1 km circular radius.

Regional Harvest marsh ducks

 

Regional harvest distribution for marsh and open water ducks

Harvest distribution based on county level harvest data (average 1995 – 2004) used to crudely estimate non-breeding period marsh and open water duck distribution and stakeholder interest.  Species included:  Wood Duck, Gadwall, American Wigeon, American Black Duck, Mallard, Ringed-necked Duck, Hooded Merganser, and Ruddy Duck.

Regional Harvest mudflat ducks

 

Regional harvest distribution for mudflat / shallow water ducks

Harvest distribution based on county level harvest data (average 1995 – 2004) used to crudely estimate non-breeding period mudflat / shallow water duck distribution and stakeholder interest.  Species included:  Blue-winged Teal, Northern Shoveler, Northern Pintail, and Green-winged teal.

Priority areas Woodcock, Golden-winged Warbler

Priority areas for the Upper Great Lakes American Woodcock and Young Forest Initiative

Areas selected for conservation efforts aimed at restoring young forest conditions for American Woodcock and Golden-winged Warblers.  American Woodcock priority areas were selected by individuals with land management responsibility in each state.  Golden-winged Warbler priority areas were defined at a Golden-winged Warbler working-group meeting at Cornell, NY in 2010.

Coming soon:

Forest Bird Conservation Area model:  conceptual model based on peer reviewed literature of environmental features predicted to influencing productivity of breeding forest birds.

Grassland Bird Conservation Area model:  conceptual model based on expert opinion and peer reviewed literature of environmental features predicted to influence occupancy and productivity of breeding grassland birds.

All bird photos on this website courtesy of Noppadol Paothong www.nopnatureimages.com