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Scholars Day: April 10, 2013

Management of the Henslow's Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii) for Fort Drum, New York and the Northeastern United States

The Henslow’s Sparrow (Ammodramus henslowii) is one of the most threatened grassland bird species in North America. It has been listed as endangered, threatened, or a species of concern in 16 states and has been included on the National Audubon Society’s Blue List as a species of Special Concern since 1974. The species is now clustered in smaller areas within the state, and with fewer numbers than before. The largest concentrations currently reside in Jefferson County, NY, within the St. Lawrence plain ecozone, particularly on the Ft. Drum military base. These declining populations in the Northeast are likely due to habitat loss. The researcher used point counts and vegetation surveys on Fort Drum to establish abundance data and habitat preferences. This will be used to create a management plan for the Henslow’s Sparrow.

Presenter: Ariel Kirk (Graduate Student)
Topic: Environmental Science
Location: 218 Hartwell
Time: 9:30 am (Session I)
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