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Effects of forest management practices in the Acadian Northern Hardwood/Conifer Forests of Maine on forest bird communities, with emphasis on species of regional conservation priority and concern (Collaborators: D. harrison, P. Wood, C. Loftin)

Duration

August 2012 - December 2017

Narrative

The goal of this study is to examine effects of Maine’s forest harvest practices employed in the northern deciduous/coniferous forest on diversity and abundance of the forest bird community of selected species of conservation interest (e.g., Bay-breasted Warbler, Blackburnian Warbler, Cape May Warbler). The study will document bird communities in manipulated stands compared to reference stands and within the larger landscape context. Time since harvest will range from > 60 years (i.e., mature residual stands) to 17-40 years in regenerating clearcuts, and 14-18 years since initial harvest entry in selection harvest, shelterwood establishment, shelterwood overstory removal stands, with a gradient of harvest intensity from clearcut with herbicide to selection, to shelterwood establishment, to shelterwood overstory removal. The information learned in this study will inform our understanding of avian responses to stand age and structure as relates to habitat quality and in the context of changing land use practices in the northern forest landscape.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Rolek, B. W., D.J. Harrison, C.S. Loftin, and P.B.Wood. Regenerating clearcuts and postharvest forestry treatments promote habitat for breeding spruce-fir avian assemblages and richness in the Atlantic Northern Forest. To be submitted to Forest ecology and Management.

Technical Publications

  • Rolek, B., D. Harrison, C. Loftin, and P. Wood. 2016. Bird communities of coniferous forests in the Acadian region; their habitat associations and responses to forest management. Annual report to the Cooperative Forestry Research Unit. 14pp.

Presentations

  • Rolek, B., C.S. Loftin, D. Harrison, and P.B. Wood. 2014. The influence of silviculture on New England bird communities in northern coniferous forests. Presentation at the 70th Annual Northeast Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, April 13-15, Portland, ME.
  • Rolek, B.W., C.S. Loftin, D.Harrison, and P.B.Wood. 2015. Effects of forrest management on avian abundance in spruce-fir forests of new England. Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit's Annual Coordinating Committee Meeting, Wells Common, Orono, ME, 25 March.
  • Rolek, B.W., C.S. Loftin, D.Harrison, and P.B.Wood. 2015. Effects of forrest management on avian abundance in spruce-fir forests of new England. Maine Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit's Annual Coordinating Committee Meeting, Wells Common, Orono, ME, 25 March.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 102

Masters Students: 247

Phd Students: 163

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 266

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 722

Scientific Publications: 1960

Presentations: 4355

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • Cooperative Forestry Research Unit
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 5, Migratory Birds
  • USGS Science Support Partnership Program

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