Management & Land-Use Effects
We believe that long-term population trend monitoring is necessary, but at the same time problematic because it can produce only one kind of result—a result that you can only react to at some future point in time. A much more progressive and proactive approach to learning about human land-use effects is to look for the presence of effects directly, either through correlative or planned before-after/treatment-control studies. Thus, short-term management effects studies have been an integral part of the Northern Region Landbird Monitoring Program from the very beginning. Our monitoring program was designed so that long-term surveys would be conducted every other year (at most), leaving (at least) alternate years free for more direct studies of land management effects.
Click on one of the subheadings to the left to read about that particular study.