Project Page

Fire Effects in Gulf of Mexico Marshes: Historical Perspectives, Management, and Monitoring of Mottled Ducks and Black and Yellow Rails

Implementing Organization

Mississippi State University

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$3,922,699

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Funding Program

The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 4: NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program

Details

Project Category

Science

Project Actions

Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Birds/Bird Habitat

Project Description

Land managers’ decisions about prescribed fire in high marsh systems are complicated by uncertainty around the response of birds to the application of prescribed fire. This project will characterize populations of black rails, yellow rails and mottled ducks and monitor bird response to prescribed fire in 5 Gulf states. The project will accomplish this through the following objectives: (1) mapping high marsh habitat, (2) estimating the relative proportion of resident versus migratory black rails (3) identifying prescribed fire practices that support black and yellow rail and mottled duck populations through an adaptive management process and (4) determining the mechanism of bird response to fire through plants and invertebrates.

Contact

Auriel M.V. Fournier
662-325-7404
auriel@illinois.edu
Project Website
Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

None

+ View Raw Data