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									Draft Agenda for Workshop: Collaborative Decision Support Tools for Avian Conservation, Reno, 2009
Dates: October 13-15, 2009 Place: Joe Crowley Student Union, University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada Planning Committee: Elisabeth Ammon, Great Basin Bird Observatory Jock Young, Avian Science Center Geoff Geupel, PRBO Conservation Science Dick Hutto, Avian Science Center David Hanni, Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory John Alexander, Klamath Bird Observatory Terry Rich, Partners in Flight/USFWS Peter Weisberg, University of Nevada Workshop Objectives: 1. Develop a Decision Support Tool (DST) framework for disseminating information from the Avian Knowledge Alliance (AKA) to intended audiences. 2. Focus on land/resource managers and decision makers as intended audiences. 3. Focus on DSTs based on quantitative (and probably spatial) information.

October 13 (9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.): Room 402
All presentations are 15 minutes, plus 5 minutes of follow-up questions. All discussions will be held in a ½ - 1 hour session after each presentation block. 9:00: Welcome and Logistics 9:10 – 10:30: THE MESSAGE Presentation by Dick Hutto (ASC): Big picture of DSTs and alliances; role of AKA in delivering the most important messages Presentation by John Alexander: DST definitions and summary of previous discussions General Discussion: What messages do we want to communicate? 10:30 – 10:40: Break 10:40 – 11:30: THE AUDIENCE Presentation by Jaime Stephens (KBO), Geoff Geupel (PRBO): Information needs of our agency partners Presentation by Geoff Geupel (PRBO) and Jenny Duberstein (SJV): The communications “tool box” 11:30: Lunch Break 12:40 – 1:40: THE AUDIENCE – continued: General Discussion: What land management audience(s) do we want to focus on? What is unique about communicating with this audience, and what is more universal? 1:40 – 2:40: THE TOOLS Presentation by Ed Laurent (ABC): Eastern perspective; DST reviews

Presentation by Dan Casey (ABC): Joint Venture planning efforts; needs and perspectives Presentation by Grant Ballard (PRBO): Commonality of tools; technical needs for DST development and sharing 2:40 – 2:50: Break 2:50 – 5:00: THE TOOLS continued: General Discussion: What have we learned about success or failure of attempts to communicate monitoring/research outputs? What tools would be most effective for getting across the messages we have talked about, to the audiences we have talked about? Reconciliation of modeling approaches (e.g. we are talking about collaborating, but we are often doing very different things in some ways.) (Introduction by Jock Young, ASC)

October 14 (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.): Room 422
8:30 – 11:50, with short break: THE ALLIANCE For this part of the workshop, we encourage our participants to discuss examples of DSTs or requests for information that you are dealing with. We would also like to hear examples of how you dealt with these requests to support management decisions. Presentation by Peter Weisberg (UNR): Typical DST request in Nevada: The Walker River Basin Presentation by Jon Bart (USGS): What a widely used quantitative DST could look like

General Discussion Points: Opportunities/strategies for collaboration and avoiding duplication of efforts. What DST would be most appropriate for AKA involvement (large scale collaboration)? What has the greatest chance of getting funded and being successful as a prototype for what we are trying to do (assuming we know by now what that is)? 11:50 – 1:00: LUNCH 1:10 – 5:00: Develop a Decision Support Tool (DST) framework Discussion: What do we, as a working group, want to tackle in the immediate future? Strategies for presenting consistent messages and strengthening joint credibility and profile

October 15: Room 423
Planning for DST/AKA committees and all interested participants 8:30 – noon: Wrap-up discussion; generation of products; next steps; action items

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