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Development of management objectives for breeding birds in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley

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Edited by:
Rick Bonney, David N. Pashley, Robert Cooper, Larry Niles

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Abstract

We used a six-step process to set habitat objectives and population goals for breeding birds in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. Specifically, we used existing empirical studies and mathematically derived viable population estimates to define habitat objectives and population goals for bottomland hardwood forest, the most important habitat type in this physiographic area. Although habitat objectives must address both quality and quantity, we concentrate here on the size and number of forest patches in this highly fragmented landscape. To support source populations of all forest breeding birds we recommend the protection/restoration of 52 forest patches that are 4,000-8,000 ha in size, 36 patches of 8,000-40,000 ha, and 13 patches greater than 40,000 ha. Although every physiographic area is unique, the methodology applied here should be applicable in other situations.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Book chapter
Publication Subtype:
Book Chapter
Title:
Development of management objectives for breeding birds in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley
Year Published:
2000
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
Publisher location:
Ogden, UT
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
281
Larger Work Type:
Book
Larger Work Subtype:
Other Government Series
First page:
12
Last page:
17
Number of Pages:
281