A multiscale approach to understanding migratory land bird habitat use of functional stopover habitat types and management efforts


Project Overview

Implementing Organization
University of Southern Mississippi

DWH Project Funding

0

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

Project Location: Multiple States1

Funding Source: Transocean
Controlling Document: The RESTORE Act
Year Awarded: 2017

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Monitoring and Observations

Monitoring and Observations

Targeted Resources

Birds / Bird Habitat

Project Description

Over two-thirds of all land birds and over half of the migratory species in North America move long distances to areas in Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean islands. For birds crossing the Gulf of Mexico, habitats along the northern Gulf of Mexico coast provide the last possible stopover before autumn migrants make a nonstop flight and the first possible landfall for birds returning north in the spring. Many migratory bird populations are declining in association with losses in quality and amount of migration stopover habitats. This project will develop a better understanding of migratory land bird habitat use along the northern Gulf of Mexico coast to inform habitat decisions for land managers and conservation planners. The researchers will study migrant bird use of stopover habitats that differ in their function for migrants (e.g., resting or feeding), measure migrant habitat use relative to current habitat management efforts, and assess if weather surveillance radar can serve as an effective conservation tool for migratory birds. Weather surveillance radar and land cover maps will be used to make predictions of bird use to the entire northern Gulf of Mexico region. Weather radar also allows investigators to measure the response of migrants to management efforts, including habitat protection and restoration programs.

Project Contact

Project Partners

U.S. Geological Survey, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service

Affiliated Institutions

University of Delaware


Project ID: 628
Project Name: A multiscale approach to understanding migratory land bird habitat use of functional stopover habitat types and management efforts
SourceUID: 0
Latitude: 31.32786426
Longitude: -89.33155453
Country: United States of America
State or Province: AL, LA, TX
County: Y
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Monitoring and Observations
Additional Project Action(s):
Additional Project Action(s): Monitoring and Observations
Targeted Resource(s): Birds / Bird Habitat
Targeted Resource(s):
Targeted Resource(s):
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2020
Implementing Organization: University of Southern Mississippi
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Theodore J. Zenzal, Jr.
Point of Contact – Phone: tjzenzal@gmail.com
Point of Contact – Email: None
Other Partners: U.S. Geological Survey, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service
Affiliated Institutions: University of Delaware
Link: https://restoreactscienceprogram.noaa.gov/funded-projects/migratory-birds
Project Comments: None
Acres Acquired: 0
Close Year: 0
Close Month: 0
Close day: 0
Purchase Type: None
Landowner: None
Landowner Type: None
Purpose: None
Public Access: None
Easement Holder Name : None
Easement Holder Type: None
Secondary Easement Holder 1: None
Secondary Easement Holder 2: None
Duration: None
Term: 0
Land Restoration Acreage: 0
Aquatic Restoration Acreage: 0
Restoration Mileage: 0
Restoration Feet: 0
Additional Acreage:
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 1492151
DWH Funder: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
DWH Funder Type: Federal
DWH Funding Program: The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 4: NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program
DWH Dollar Amount : 1492151
DWH Source: Transocean
Fund Origin: Civil Settlement
Controlling Documents: The RESTORE Act
Award Year: 2017
Award Month: 6
Total Amount Leveraged: 0


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