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Effects of climate on non-game sagebrush birds


August 2016 - June 2018


In this study, we propose to evaluate sagebrush songbird population trends and reproductive investment and output in relation to ambient climatic conditions such as temperature and precipitation. To accomplish this we will leverage archived Breeding Bird Survey (BBS), Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR), nest productivity, and weather station data. Moreover, weather conditions can influence nesting birds via numerous mechanisms such as indirectly through food availability or more directly via microclimatic constraints at nests. We will therefore test these alternative hypotheses via novel field data and targeted experiments. Finally, we will use these relationships to estimate future population trends given projected climatic scenarios.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 18

Phd Students: 3

Post Docs: 3

University Staff: 4

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 20

Scientific Publications: 43

Presentations: 93



Funding Agencies

  • Wyoming Game and Fish Department


Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. U.S. Geological Survey
  3. University of Wyoming
  4. Wildlife Management Institute
  5. Wyoming Game and Fish Department