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Conservation Strategy Monitoring

Monitoring evaluates change over time in relationship to conservation objectives. Because investments in conservation should be strategic, effective, and accountable, the Conservation Strategy identifies ways to make monitoring efforts more comprehensive, integrated, efficient, and frugal.

Monitoring Art

Courtesy of USFW and NASA

A primary goal of the Conservation Strategy is to improve on coordination of monitoring efforts in Oregon. Standardized methods and formats for collecting key monitoring data need to be adopted and used, making use of new technologies to efficiently collect and manage data (e.g., Sagebrush Bird Conservation Network Study Areas Database). The Fish and Wildlife Monitoring Team will assist with developing and/or adopting standard terminology and methods in monitoring.

Citizen-based Monitoring

Citizen-based monitoring can greatly expand scientists' ability to collect data. Oregonians can often contribute valuable local biological knowledge. For example, bird-watchers and anglers understand the distribution and behavior of their favorite species. Farmers and other landowners have deep familiarity with what occurs on their land. Citizen-based monitoring can tap into this knowledge, increase the amount of data that can be collected, and reduce the costs of data collection. Citizen-based monitoring also engages Oregonians in conservation, teaches people about their local environment, and provides feedback on conservation actions they may be taking on their land or in their neighborhood.

The Bigger Picture

Monitoring conducted in Oregon can be incorporated into regional, national, and international efforts to examine larger-scale population or ecologic trends.

Compiled from the The Oregon Conservation Strategy by John Ame, science writer.