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Habitat Suitability Index Model for Breeding King Rail (Rallus elegans) in Rice Agriculture, in the Gulf Coast Joint Venture Region

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2001-01-01
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2013-12-31

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Mark Parr, GCJV, 20180206, Habitat Suitability Index Model for Breeding King Rail (Rallus elegans) in Rice Agriculture, in the Gulf Coast Joint Venture Region: .

Summary

We used a combination of remotely sensed habitat characteristics, previously determined by other investigators for predicting King Rail nesting propensity in rice, to create a habitat suitability index (HSI) for the major rice growing regions in coastal Texas and Louisiana. The HSI combines estimates of the maximum extent of rice agriculture at a 5 kilometer (km) scale, proportion of tree canopy at a 1 km scale, and ditch density at a 1 km scale. This HSI can be used to identify priority areas for maintaining, increasing, and enhancing rice agriculture in the King Rail’s range in coastal Texas and Louisiana, as well as a tool to rank proposals for conservation incentives available through the Farm Bill, or other funding sources. The [...]

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GCJV, William G. Vermillion
Originator :
Mark Parr, GCJV
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GCJV, Mark Parr

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The Gulf Coast Joint Venture (GCJV) is a bird habitat conservation partnership that spans the coastal portions of AL, MS, LA, and TX. It is one of 18 bird habitat joint ventures in the U.S. The mission of the GCJV is to advance the conservation of important bird habitats within the GCJV region through biological planning, implementation of habitat conservation actions, and focused monitoring and evaluation of the planning and implementation process. King Rail (KIRA) is a priority bird species selected for conservation planning and habitat delivery in the GCJV region. It utilizes fresh-to-intermediate salinity emergent marsh and rice fields for breeding and wintering habitat. The GCJV used remotely sensed indices related to area in rice cultivation, tree canopy cover, and linear distance of streams and ditches adjacent to rice cultivation to develop a habitat suitabilty index(HSI) for breeding King Rail in rice to guide conservation planning and habitat delivery.
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  • Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative
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