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Habitat Loss and Fragmentation Effects in the Management of Northern Bobwhites and Eastern Meadowlarks

Habitat Loss and Fragmentation Effects in the Management of Northern Bobwhites and Eastern Meadowlarks

Dates

Start Date
2015-08
End Date
2016-06
Start Date
2015-08-10 17:55:18
End Date
2016-02-28 18:55:18

Citation

LCC Network Data Steward(Point of Contact), Clint Moore(Co-Investigator), James A. Giocomo(Co-Investigator), Richard Chandler(Co-Investigator), Myung-Bok Lee(Co-Investigator), Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative(administrator), James Martin(Principal Investigator), 2015-08(Start), 2016-06(End), Habitat Loss and Fragmentation Effects in the Management of Northern Bobwhites and Eastern Meadowlarks, http://gulfcoastprairielcc.org/science/science-projects/habitat-loss-and-fragmentation-effects-in-the-management-of-northern-bobwhites-and-eastern-meadowlarks/, https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/item/55c3cc5ce4b033ef52106c72

Summary

Habitat fragmentation and degradation are considered to be a leading causes of long-term population declines of Northern Bobwhites and many other species of grassland birds, such as Eastern Meadowlark. Research is needed to understand the factors causing habitat loss and fragmentation and to identify the areas that are high-probability candidates for successful restoration so that optimal decisions can be made. For example, uncertainty exists regarding the impacts of energy development activities or climate change that affect significant portions of wildlife populations in the GCP LCC. Furthermore, changing land ownership coupled with woody shrub and exotic grass encroachment have reduced the amount and quality of available grassland [...]

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Purpose

This project will analyze the amount of grassland bird habitat loss and fragmentation resulting from oil and gas development, as well as threats posed by land ownership change, and woody shrub/exotic grass encroachment. It will analyze existing bird population monitoring data collected by the Oaks & Prairie Joint Venture and Grassland Bird Monitoring program to examine how the abundance of Northern Bobwhite populations is related to land cover and land use changes across Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana over the past ~3 years. It will also project future habitat loss and fragmentation caused by these same drivers and model the consequences of management alternatives in achieving desired conservation outcomes. This analysis will result in identification of key drivers of habitat fragmentation, facilitating effective action to minimize these threats.

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Budget Extension

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recipientUniversity of Georgia
sourceU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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