Research TopicsWildlife & Fish: Bird Monitoring
Bird Monitoring Techniques and Habitat Relationships
Graphic by Gary Bloomfield
Bird research in our laboratory has been an ongoing effort
since wildlife research began at the Redwood Sciences Laboratory
in 1982. In the last 25+ years, we have conducted over two
million censuses, captures, and field evaluations of birds
and their habitats. Our study sites are primarily in northern
California and southern Oregon, but we have also conducted
studies in the states of Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii,
as well as in Costa Rica and New Zealand.
We have been conducting landbird research in northern California
and southern Oregon since 1982 and in Costa Rica since 1994.
Working with others, we have been refining and standardizing
both banding and censusing techniques.
We are also researching the relationships between
birds and their habitats, both in riparian corridors
and with respect to the effects of fire on habitat use.
Most recently, we have been working with the Avian
Knowledge Network and others to make bird banding
data accessible over the internet.
- Marbled Murrelets and Other Seabirds
We began research on the Marbled Murrelet in 1987 shortly
after we detected them during landbird surveys in old-growth
forests in coastal northern California. Since then, we have
worked with others in the seabird community to refine
forest and marine survey techniques for this threatened
seabird, and explored habitat relationships on a landscape
scale. We have also had the unique opportunity
to conduct marine surveys for seabirds after two marine
oil spills occurred in our area and adapt our survey methods
to inform the oil spill response.
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Last updated by L.L. Long