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Title: Assessing ecoregional-scale habitat suitability index models for priority landbirds

Author: Tirpak, John M.; Jones-Farrand, D. Todd; Thompson, Frank R.; Twedt, Daniel J.; Baxter, Charles K.; Fitzgerald, Jane A.; Uihlein, William B. III.;

Date: 2009

Source: Journal of Wildlife Management. 73(8): 1307-1315.

Publication Series: Scientific Journal (JRNL)

Description: Emerging methods in habitat and wildlife population modeling promise new horizons in conservation but only if these methods provide robust population-habitat linkages. We used Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) data to verify and validate newly developed habitat suitability index (HSI) models for 40 priority landbird species in the Central Hardwoods and West Gulf Coastal Plain/Ouachitas Bird Conservation Regions. We considered a species' HSI model verified if there was a significant rank correlation between mean predicted HSI score and mean observed BBS abundance across the 88 ecological subsections within these Bird Conservation Regions.

Keywords: Breeding Bird Survey, Central Hardwoods, ecoregion, Forest Inventory and Analysis, Habitat Suitability Index, landbird, National Land Cover Dataset, validation, verification, West Gulf Coastal Plain/Ouachitas

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Tirpak, John M.; Jones-Farrand, D. Todd; Thompson, Frank R., III; Twedt, Daniel J.; Baxter, Charles K.; Fitzgerald, Jane A.; Uihlein, William B., III. 2009. Assessing ecoregional-scale habitat suitability index models for priority landbirds. Journal of Wildlife Management. 73(8): 1307-1315.

 


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