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Conservation of forest birds: Evidence of a shifting baseline in community structure


Rittenhouse, Chadwick D.; Pidgeon, Anna M.; Albright, Thomas P.; Culbert, Patrick D.; Clayton, Murray K.; Flather, Curtis H.; Huang, Chengquan; Masek, Jeffrey G.; Stewart, Susan I.; Radeloff, Volker C. 2010. Conservation of forest birds: Evidence of a shifting baseline in community structure. PloS ONE. 5(8): 311938. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0011938.

Quantifying changes in forest bird diversity is an essential task for developing effective conservation actions. When subtle changes in diversity accumulate over time, annual comparisons may offer an incomplete perspective of changes in diversity. In this case, progressive change, the comparison of changes in diversity from a baseline condition, may offer greater insight because changes in diversity are assessed over longer periods of times. Our objectives were to determine how forest bird diversity has changed over time and whether those changes were associated with forest disturbance.

Keywords: conservation, forest birds, shifting baseline


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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Conservation of forest birds: Evidence of a shifting baseline in community structure
Electronic Publish Date: September 17, 2010
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