Human dimensions research is for the birds

A North American Bird Conservation Initiative project highlights success stories of using the social science field of human dimensions in bird conservation, including a Canadian project aimed at encouraging residents to put up houses for purple martins. ©Doug Greenberg

Conserving wildlife doesn’t work very well without taking humans into account. The North American Bird Conservation Initiative has launched a new program to highlight the advantages of bringing the social science field of human dimensions research into bird conservation. On its website, the NABCI is featuring human dimensions success stories from across North American, from Canada to the Caribbean. How did updated messaging help increase dog leash use to protect Nebraska’s piping plovers? How can more “landlords” be recruited to put up nest boxes for purple martins? Readers are encouraged to share the stories on the website as case studies, use them as inspiration for their own projects and contact the authors to find out more.

Read the NABCI success stories here.