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Tue Jun 19, 2012, 06:28 PM

Restoring Streams Helps Winter Songbirds

http://www.prbo.org/cms/664
Restoring Streams Helps Winter Songbirds

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Contact:

Mark Dettling, Avian Ecologist,
(734) 812-8441, mdettling@prbo.org
Nat Seavy, Research Director,
(415) 868-0655 ext 311, nseavy@prbo.org
Melissa Pitkin, Education and Outreach Director, (707) 781-2555 ext 307, mpitkin@prbo.org

Restoring streamside forests helps songbirds survive the winter in CA’s Central Valley

A new study by PRBO Conservation Science (PRBO) and the National Aviary finds that restoring floodplain forests in the Central Valley of California helps songbirds survive through the winter, a finding previously substantiated only for summer nesting birds.

The floodplain of California’s Central Valley is rich with streamside forests of willows, cottonwoods, oaks, and sycamores. Each summer, these forests are alive with the sounds of singing songbirds, but what may be surprising to some is that these same forests help migratory songbirds survive the winter. Birds from Alaska and Canada fly about 2,400 miles each year to winter in the forests of the Central Valley. Their survival is dependent upon having enough healthy habitats available.

“We often focus on the importance of floodplain forests for songbirds that nest in the spring and summer,” said PRBO avian ecologist Mark Dettling, “but this is the first study to show that restored forests also provide habitat for wintering songbirds in the Central Valley.”

The study, published in the journal Conservation Biology, found that songbirds generally prefer restored forests equally to existing older forests. But some species, including Lincoln’s and White-crowned Sparrows, were found in higher numbers in restored forests.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1523-1739.2012.01828.x

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Response to OKIsItJustMe (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 08:13 PM

1. ....from the Department of No S--t, Sherlock........rofl

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Response to kestrel91316 (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 12:12 PM

4. So, here’s the part that wasn’t…

… some species, including Lincoln’s and White-crowned Sparrows, were found in higher numbers in restored forests.

(i.e. in higher numbers than in old forests.)

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Response to OKIsItJustMe (Original post)

Tue Jun 19, 2012, 09:52 PM

2. Very cool

Restored riparian habitats are also a big deal during migration.

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Response to OKIsItJustMe (Original post)

Wed Jun 20, 2012, 11:17 AM

3. Restoring streams would be a magnificent public works project...

...especially for recent graduates who can't find work.

Pay them well, treat them well, teach them well, and they may become lifetime advocates for the wetlands they've restored.

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