Founded in 1989 by ornithologist David F. DeSante, the Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) is a nonprofit organization that "studies the abundance, vital rates, and ecology of bird populations to enable scientifically sound conservation of birds and their habitats." IBP focuses primarily on bird studies in North America, the Neotropical region, and the Pacific Islands. Visitors to their website will find a wealth of information about IBP's numerous programs, such as their flagship Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) program, which monitors bird demographics throughout the U.S. and Canada via a collaborative network of more than 1,200 stations run by public agencies, NGOs, and volunteers. Other notable IBP programs include the Sierra Nevada Bird Observatory in California and the Monitoreo de Sobrevivencia Invernal (MoSI) Program, which studies "the winter habitat needs of migrant and resident birds in the Neotropics." Readers may also be interested in the IBP publications database, where they will find hundreds of peer-reviewed publications (searchable by program and author) written by IBP staff and collaborators, the majority of which are downloadable as free PDFs.
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