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Colonial Nesting Wading Bird Tracking and Habitat Use Assessment


August 2019 - August 2024


This study may inform and enhance future restoration planning for key colonial nesting wading bird species along the Alabama coast that were injured by the DWH oil spill. Overall research objectives include determining daily and seasonal movements, home range size, and habitat use by several species of colonial-nesting wading birds (tricolored herons, little blue herons, and possibly white ibis) in Mobile Bay, Mississippi Sound, and Perdido Bay, Alabama. The goals of this proposed project are to better understand the extent to which declines in colonial nesting wading bird populations result from habitat limitation versus other potential population-limiting factors, and in turn, which restoration approaches and techniques are most appropriate to effectively target and restore wading bird populations.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 7

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 3

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 9

Scientific Publications: 25

Presentations: 44



Funding Agencies

  • USDOI Trustee (Alabama TIG)


Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  2. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. U.S. Geological Survey
  4. University of Florida
  5. Wildlife Management Institute