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Final Report: Habitat use by birds in mature and revegetated habitats of the Lower Rio Grande valley of Texas and predicted responses to climate change

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Publication Date
2015-04-30 05:00:00
End Date
2015-04-30 05:00:00

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LCC Network Data Steward(Point of Contact), Teresa Patricia Feria(Co-Investigator), Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative(administrator), Timothy Brush(Principal Investigator), 2015-04-30(Publication), Final Report: Habitat use by birds in mature and revegetated habitats of the Lower Rio Grande valley of Texas and predicted responses to climate change, https://www.sciencebase.gov/catalog/item/594184a5e4b0764e6c64a60b

Summary

The goals of this project were 1) to contrast existing mature riparian corridor forest habitats with habitats in areas subject to past and ongoing re-vegetation/restoration treatments and 2) to evaluate responses of select bird species to the differences between habitats now and in the future as the revegetated forests develop. We wanted to develop recommendations to improve future re-vegetation/restoration methodology to increase carrying capacity and mobility for borderlands populations of Gray Hawk, Red-crowned Parrot, Red-billed Pigeon, Rose-throated Becard, Neotropical migrant birds, and other high priority riparian taxa.

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Purpose

The riparian corridor and surrounding forests of the Rio Grande and other major rivers in Texas and Mexico provide valuable habitat for a broad range of species. Continuity along this corridor will be important as species’ ranges shift in response to climate change. However, habitat within the corridor has been extensively fragmented, with as much as 93% of the native habitats lost in Cameron County, Texas. The US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is working to restore this riparian corridor to provide connectivity along the Rio Grande through its Lower Rio Grande Valley National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). To allow for species adaptation under climate change, this corridor must connect to the Laguna Atascosa NWR, ranchland partners north of LANWR, the Laguna Madre in Tamaulipas, and the Sierra Picachos of Nuevo Leon. The USFWS has purchased agricultural or other heavily disturbed lands within the corridor and re-vegetated/restored these acquired lands. Woodlands with drastically different structure and species composition have developed over time, depending on species planted, initial treatments, soils, proximity of native forest, seed bank, and other variables. To date, very limited work has been done to determine the ideal corridor habitat characteristics, assess the outcome of various re-vegetation treatments, or assess the response of wildlife populations to re-vegetated/restored areas. The GCPLCC planned to work with partners to develop and document best management practices for future corridor re-vegetation/restoration efforts in this area.

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  • Final Report: Bird Communities of Mature and Revegetated Tracts along the Lower Rio Grande

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