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Development of population and habitat objectives for FWS trust resources in the Roanoke-Tar-Neuse-Cape Fear (RTNCF) Ecoregion of the South Atlantic Migratory Bird Initiative (SAMBI) project area


March 2006 - February 2011


The research issue to be studied will be the development of species-habitat models used to set population objectives, habitat objectives, and geographic focal areas to guide land conservation and management strategies. The ultimate goal of this initiative is to define sustainable landscapes for Service trust resources and share this information with partners.

1. Develop initial population objectives for prioritized Service trust species and abundance goals for natural communities;
2. Convert these population/abundance objectives into habitat objectives;
3. Map potential conservation areas where deficits exist; and
4. Step down population/abundance objectives to individual refuges and partner lands.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 4

Masters Students: 3

Phd Students: 4

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 25

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 21

Scientific Publications: 95

Presentations: 155



Funding Agencies

  • Science Support Partnership


North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. North Carolina State University
  2. North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute