Understanding Humans to Conserve Birds

Short Description

Flooded rice fieldsThis document explains the what, why, and how behind the field of human dimensions (HD) as it relates to bird conservation. It features a definition of HD, reasons for why HD information is crucial to conserving birds, and examples of bird conservation questions that HD can answer. The document also provides an example of how HD has been integrated successfully into a shorebird conservation effort in Nebraska.

This one-pager can be used to provide bird conservation professionals with a quick introduction to human dimensions or provide supervisory staff of bird conservation organization with justification for inclusion of HD into bird conservation research and other efforts. Over the next few months, the Human Dimensions Subcommittee will also work on compiling more examples of how HD has been successfully integrated into bird conservation efforts; these stories are meant to serve as models for why and how HD can be incorporated into programs or projects to increase bird conservation effectiveness and address bird conservation challenges.

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This document was created by a team of members from the NABCI HD Subcommittee consisting of Ashley Gramza, Ted Toombs, Andi Cooper, and Scott Anderson. Joel Jorgensen and Mary Bomberger Brown contributed material for the shorebird success story and Deb Reynolds and Matt Cimitile designed the final document layout. It was also reviewed by the NABCI HD subcommittee, Communication Subcommittee, and the National Bird Conservation Social Science Coordinator Advisory Team.