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The Cross Pollinator

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The Cross-Pollinator is a science synthesis publication co-produced quarterly by the Urban Field Station Network and the Urban Forest Technology and Science Delivery Team. It spotlights interdisciplinary collaborations among researchers and practitioners that “cross” forest research with urban and community forests.

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Issue 4

Research That’s For the Birds: Protecting Habitats and Ecosystem Services using i-Tree Tools

Birds are part of the ecological foundation on which all life depends. For decades, USDA Forest Service scientists have studied birds to understand and quantify the far-reaching ways that they affect ecosystem services (life-sustaining and other benefits humans derive from nature) and function as environmental warning systems. This work is expected to become more important in light of increasingly extreme weather events, urban expansion, deforestation, climate change, invasive species, and diminishing biodiversity. This research has recently been integrated with a Forest Service tree and forest assessment tool called i -Tree. By combining and augmenting decades of data with this powerful software tool, researchers are now able to create rapid assessments and visual aids that can inform land management decisions across the United States, and globally. Today, scientists with the Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF) and its partners are using this tool to support land managers and strengthen international cooperation across the Caribbean, Latin America, and North America, including Mexico and Canada. Read More »

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Research Papers

  • Arendt, W.J.; Paulino, M.M.; Paulino, L.R.; Tórrez, M.A.; Lane, O.P. 2019. Colonization of Hispaniola by Margarops fuscatus Vieillot (Pearly-eyed Thrasher). Urban Naturalist. 23:1–24. 
  • Lerman, S.B.; Nislow, K.H.; Nowak, D.J.; DeStefano, S.; King, D.I.; Jones-Farrand, D.T. 2014. Using urban forest assessment tools to model bird habitat potential. Landscape and Urban Planning. 122: 29–40. 
  • Lerman, S.B.; King, D.I.; Arendt, W.J.; María Paulino, M.M.; Paulino, L.R. 2019. Mourning Dove nest on a Palmchat colony in Urban Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Urban Naturalist. 24: 1–5. 
  • Pérez, M.E.; Meléndez-Ackerman, E.; Bonilla Duarte, S.; Bauer, J.; Volcán, M.; Pou, A.; Caballero, C.; Cortés, L.; Arendt, W.J.; Muñoz-Erickson, T.; Nowak, D. 2019. Urban-forest assessment in the Dominican Republic.International Forestry Working Group Newsletter, Working Group B3, International Society of Tropical Foresters. (accessed March 2019).
  • Meléndez-Ackerman E.; Nytch C.J.; Santiago-Acevedo, L.E.; Verdejo-Ortiz, J.C.; Santiago-Bartolomei, R.; Ramos-Santiago, L.E.; Muñoz-Erickson, T.A. 2016. Synthesis of household yard area dynamics in the city of San Juan using multi-scalar social-ecological perspectives. Sustainability. 8(5): 481.

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