A Conservation Action Plan for Bicknell’s Thrush (Catharus bicknelli). International Bicknell’s Thrush Conservation Group (IBTCG)
“A Conservation Action Plan for Bicknell’s Thrush (Catharus bicknelli)”, released in 2010, was the result of a broad collaboration among NGOs, government agencies, the forest-products industry, and academics who united under the banner of the International Bicknell’s Thrush Conservation Group, or IBTCG. The Plan set ambitious goals to increase the abundance and distribution of Bicknell’s Thrush and identified actions that would help achieve them. It was also written with full awareness that conservation plans can quickly become obsolete in the fast-shifting landscape of conservation. To ensure the continued relevance of the Plan, the IBTCG set a goal of reviewing and updating the Plan every five years, or sooner as warranted.
In November 2015, five years after the first Plan was released, the IBTCG met once again in Woodstock, Vermont—site of the inaugural IBTCG meeting in 2007—to begin the process of revising the Plan. The two-day workshop highlighted significant progress towards the goals of the Plan, but also reinforced the need for continued action on behalf of Bicknell’s Thrush and its habitat. Actions taken by the IBTCG since the release of the first Plan have mitigated some important threats to Bicknell’s Thrush, but others remain largely unabated. As such, the IBTCG recognized the need for an updated and revised Plan that would catalyze action and guide the collective efforts of those interested in conservation of Bicknell’s Thrush.
This revised Plan reflects the consensus of the IBTCG about the primary threats facing Bicknell’s Thrush and the actions that may help mitigate those threats. It does not provide a comprehensive list of every threat to Bicknell’s Thrush, but instead attempts to focus on those believed to pose the greatest risk of further endangerment of the species. It does not identify every action that might prove useful in mitigating threats; rather, it singles out actions believed to have a higher probability of success based on published research or the personal experience of contributors to the revised Plan. The revised Plan is a tool for communicating about the conservation of Bicknell’s Thrush, both within the community of scientists and conservation practitioners that make up IBTCG and more broadly to policy makers, elected officials, and the public. Finally, the revised Plan is intended as a guide to investing limited resources for conservation most effectively.