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Predicting bird response to alternative management scenarios on a ranch in Campeche, Mexico

Conference held March 20-24, 2002, Asilomar, California PDF on file: 6513_Wood.pdf
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Edited by:
C. John Ralph and Terrell D. Rich

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Abstract

We developed models to predict the potential response of wintering Neotropical migrant and resident bird species to alternative management scenarios, using data from point counts of birds along with habitat variables measured or estimated from remotely sensed data in a Geographic Information System. Expected numbers of occurrences at points were calculated for 100 species of birds, under current habitat conditions and under habitat conditions that would result from seven alternative management scenarios for Rancho Sandoval, a cattle ranch and private nature reserve in Campeche, Mexico. Most bird species of conservation concern would benefit from management scenarios that increase the amount of forest, but the highest priority resident species would not. To balance the somewhat conflicting habitat needs of these species and the concerns of ranch managers, we recommend that forest area and connectivity be increased, and pastures be maintained but more efficiently managed to support cattle and the priority resident and migrant birds that require open habitats.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Book chapter
Publication Subtype:
Book Chapter
Title:
Predicting bird response to alternative management scenarios on a ranch in Campeche, Mexico
Year Published:
2005
Language:
English
Publisher:
U. S. Forest Service, Pacific Southwest Research Station
Publisher location:
Albany, California
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
2 volumes: xiv, 1296
Larger Work Type:
Book
Larger Work Subtype:
Other Government Series
Larger Work Title:
Bird Conservation Implementation and Integration in the Americas: Proceedings of the Third International Partners in Flight Conference 2002
First page:
101
Last page:
106