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

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Mississippi State University


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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Funding Program

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


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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.


Auriel M.V. Fournier
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