Land Bird Conservation Plan Colorado  

Executive Summary
Overview of Colorado
Physiographic Region 36
Physiographic Region 62

  • Alpine Tundra
  • Aspen
  • Cliff/Rock
  • High Elevation Riparian
  • Lowland Riparian
  • Mixed Conifer
  • Mountain Shrubland
  • Ponderosa Pine
  • Sagebrush Shrubland
  • Spruce Fir
  • Wetlands

  • Physiographic Region 87
    Implementation Strategies
    Literature Cited

    Physiographic Region 62: Southern Rocky Moutains

    Alpine Tundra - Implementation Strategies

    Bird Monitoring

    Goal: To monitor or track all breeding birds in alpine tundra and document distribution, population trends, and abundance in a statistically acceptable manner.

    Objective: All species with AI > 2 will be monitored with count-based methods.

    Strategy: Monitoring will be accomplished through the combined efforts of agencies with primary responsibility for managing this habitat.

    Strategy: Monitoring will continue to rely on BBS data, with data from CBO's Monitoring Colorado's Birds (MCB) monitoring program incorporated as it becomes available.

    Status: MCB implemented alpine tundra habitat transects in 1999 and ran a total of 25 transects; trend data should be available for most species within 5-12 years.

    Objective: Brown-capped Rosy-Finches will be monitored using flock counts at wintering areas or other special techniques.

    Status: Techniques and protocols need to be developed.

    Habitat Monitoring

    Goal: To document the amount, condition, and ownership of alpine tundra habitat in Colorado.

    Objective: Develop collaborative efforts to use GIS in mapping alpine tundra habitat, documenting amount, condition, and ownership.

    Status: This effort has not been initiated to date. Potential collaborators include CDOW, CNHP, CBO, USGS, USFS, Rocky Mountain National Park, and TNC.

    Habitat Core Areas

    Goal: To conserve unique representatives or core areas of alpine tundra in Colorado.

    Objective: Identify and preserve representative or core areas of alpine tundra in Colorado in collaboration with the USFS, NPS, and CDOW.

    Status: The alpine tundra in Rocky Mountain National Park has been identified as one core area. Other representative areas need to be identified.

    Site-based Conservation

    Goal: To identify and preserve local sites that are important for the conservation of priority species breeding in alpine tundra.

    Objective: Identify sites that are appropriate for designation as IBAs, nominate them, and promote involvement of key agencies and personnel for conserving these areas.

    Status: In progress.

    Objective: Identify sites within alpine tundra habitats used by wintering White-tailed Ptarmigan, and protect them from disturbance.

    Status: Completed (CDOW Spec. Rep. No. 38).

    Management Practices

    Goal: To promote management practices that benefit birds using alpine tundra habitats.

    Objective: Produce a Best Management Practices (BMPs) manual for alpine tundra and distribute it to appropriate agencies and other interested parties.

    Status: To be developed.

    Outreach and Education

    Goal: To provide information about alpine tundra and birds breeding in this habitat to the public, natural resource managers, and other interested parties.

    Objective: Develop and make available educational materials including pamphlets, videos, and other materials and make them available to local nature centers, schools, natural resource agency personnel, and teachers.

    Status: To be developed.

    Objective: Hold workshops, symposia, and field trips on alpine tundra and birds breeding in these habitats.

    Status: To be developed.

    Research Priorities

    Goal: To fill the voids in scientific information needed to conserve birds using alpine habitats.

    Objective: Identify the top ten research needs for conserving birds breeding in alpine tundra.

    Status: The following research priorities have been identified:

    1. Develop methods for inventory of Brown-capped Rosy-Finches.

    2. Investigate population limiting factors for Brown-capped Rosy-Finches.

    3. Investigate seasonal movements and habitat needs of Brown-capped Rosy-Finches.

    4. Identify wintering grounds of American Pipits breeding in Colorado.

    5. Investigate impacts of global warming on alpine ecosystems.

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