CENTER FOR CONSERVATION BIOLOGY INC

Information that Enables Conservation

aka CCB   |   Williamsburg, VA   |  http://www.ccbbirds.org/

Mission

The mission of The Center for Conservation Biology (CCB), through all of its diverse programs, is to provide the global community with the information needed to drive thoughtful, science-based conservation, to educate and train the next generation of conservation scientists, and to make lasting contributions to the natural world through critical thinking, innovation, and ground-breaking research. CCB Inc is a supporting organization for the academic institution CCB at William & Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University. CCB Inc builds endowment funds to support institutional needs, student research, and current research. All funds collected by CCB Inc. are used to directly support research, conservation and education programs primarily managed through the academic organization.

Ruling year info

2009

Director

Dr. Bryan Watts

Main address

PO Box 5187

Williamsburg, VA 23188 USA

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EIN

26-2188653

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

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Our programs

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Research

Our research has global impact driving the conservation community forward on a daily basis. CCB research is used to create or improve environmental policy, to inform management decisions, to locate the highest priority lands for protection, and to educate us about the least destructive path ahead. In 2013, CCB reached its 21st year and during that short span of time has completed more than 530 research projects on birds of conservation concern and made conservation impacts on 430 bird species in 25 countries. This year we conducted a Chesapeake Bay-wide survey of Great Blue Heron and Great Egret nesting colonies, coordinated conservation efforts on the imperiled Black Rail, monitored migratory shorebirds in the Mid-Atlantic region, changed shorebird hunting policies through Whimbrel tracking research, monitored and managed the federally listed Red-cockaded Woodpecker population in Virginia, monitored the breeding population of Bald Eagles in Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina, collaborated with the Canadian Wildlife Service to monitor breeding shorebirds in the Artic, quantified predation rates on marsh bird nests thought to be contributing to the decline of marsh bird populations, continued a tracking study with the endangered Crowned Eagle in Argentina, monitored and managed the Virginia threatened Peregrine Falcon, surveyed the critically threatened Red Knot, tracked bald and golden eagles along the Atlantic flyway, and many more projects on species of conservation concern.

Population(s) Served

CCB has produced 15 master’s degree students with research projects spanning from the impact of human beach use on birds to the effects of salinity on diet and reproductive parameters of Osprey. In 2013, CCB continued support for a master’s student studying conflicts within the Bald Eagle population related to interspecific competition. In addition, CCB staff mentored undergraduate students in Virginia and conducted 25 public presentations to citizen and academic audiences. Our two citizen science programs, nightjars.org and osprey-watch.org engage 2300 volunteers from 20 countries in observing and recording birds for scientific research.

Population(s) Served

CCB has provided hundreds of pro bono advisory services to government agencies and NGO conservation groups. In 2013, CCB provided information on management of habitat for the federal endangered Red-Cockaded Woodpecker, collaborated with federal wildlife agencies to incorporate migratory songbirds into habitat planning for the Virginia Eastern Shore, advised state and federal agencies on bald eagle management, identified critical staging areas for migrant shorebirds along the Mid-Atlantic coast, exposed the hunting pressures on migrant shorebirds in the Caribbean, and collaborated with the BBC in a successful public campaign about the consequences of sea-level rise on vulnerable species. CCB was covered by 64 print, online, and radio media stories and 3 film documentaries about bird conservation. In 2013, CCB continued to share bird data through our online mapping portal allowing wildlife and environmental planners free online mapping access to nest locations for planning and permit activities. CCB houses the Paul Baker Library which houses and maintains research resources from various sources including original CCB data. The Baker Library currently houses more than 1,000 historic databases on birds of conservation concern. These materials are made available to students, professionals, research organizations, and the interested public to further the avian conservation ideals of CCB.

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Awards

Leadership and Partnership Award 2014

The Nature Conservancy

Endangered Species Recovery Champion 2007

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Jackson Abbott Conservation Award 2007

Virginia Society of Ornithology

Jackson Abbott Conservation Award 2001

Virginia Society of Ornithology

Research Management and Partnership Award 2013

U.S. Department of Agriculture

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CENTER FOR CONSERVATION BIOLOGY INC

Board of directors
as of 12/01/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Dr. Bryan Watts

College of William and Mary and Virginia Commonwealth University

Term: 2009 -

Mitchell Byrd

Barton Paxton

Dana Bradshaw

Bryan Watts

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes