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Scholars Day 2007, Wednesday, April 11

Relationship of Vegetation and Obligate Grassland Bird Communities

In the past 25 years, obligate grassland species have experienced populations declines that are steeper and more consistent than any other avian guild in North America. These declines have been contributed to the loss of habitat, mainly from fire suppression, agriculture, and development. Recently, the Department of Environmental Conservation has made efforts to manage grassland habitat by replanting agricultural and fallowed fields. However, there are few data available on the combinations of grasses and forbs that are best suited for the Western New York species. The goal of this study is to survey the avian and vegetation communities in seven different fields maintained at John White Wildlife Management Area, and determine which vegetation communities best support obligate bird species.

Presenter: Renee Pszyk (Undergraduate Student)
Topic: Environmental Science
Location: 104 Edwards
Time: 11:30 am (Session II)