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Monitoring success of Farm Bill programs in conserving avian wildlife


August 2016 - December 2018


The purpose of this study is to evaluate a new tool to monitor the effectiveness of, and inform Farm Bill incentive programs related to avian species of conservation concern. In this project we will first demonstrate the utility of new remote acoustic detecting technology to monitor avian community
responses to EQIP enrollment on private lands in SC. Findings will not only provide guidance on improved monitoring effectiveness of incentive programs, but provide unique insights into how such technology can be used to identify areas of future focus. Second, we will evaluate the transferability of this technology. To that end, we will provide several trainings and a technical manual on how managers, field personnel, and landowners can use acoustic monitoring devices to monitor for avian species. We are collaborating with USDA NRCS and SC DNR for this project.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 3

Phd Students: 1

Post Docs: 1

University Staff: 2

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 14

Scientific Publications: 22

Presentations: 82



  • Beth RossPrincipal Investigator
  • Jesse WoodStudent

Funding Agencies



South Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Clemson University
  2. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute