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Mechanistic Understanding of Energy Development Effects on Songbirds


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In the WLCI region, the quality and condition of sagebrush steppe is a concern given the extent of rangewide land-use change, habitat conversion, and rapid energy development in sagebrush systems. Three migratory songbird species are considered near-obligates of sagebrush shrublands: Brewer’s and sagebrush sparrows and sage thrasher, all of which are designated Species of Great Conservation Need in Wyoming (Wyoming Game and Fish Department, 2010) and nest in Green River Basin. In collaboration with the WGFD, we initiated this multiphase project to address the WLCI management need to identify the condition and distribution of sagebrush songbird habitats and key drivers of change in those habitats. In Phase I (2008 to 2009) of this project, [...]


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U.S. Geological Survey
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Anna Chalfoun

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  • Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative

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Information derived from USGS Science for WLCI Annual Reports.

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  • Songbird Community Mechanistic Research

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