Priority research needs for the conservation of neotropical migrant landbirds
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Therese M. Donovan; Carol J. Beardmore; David N. Bonter; Jeffrey D. Brawn; R. J. Cooper; Jane A. Fitzgerald; R. Ford; Sidney A. Gauthreaux; T. Luke George; W. C. Hunter; T. E. Martin; J. Price; Kenneth V. Rosenberg; P. D. Vickery; T. Bently Wigley
Publication Year: 2002

Cataloging Information

  • Aimophila
  • Aimophila bachmanii
  • Ammodramus henslowii
  • Arkansas
  • bottomland hardwoods
  • burning intervals
  • Caribbean
  • conservation
  • Dendroica virens
  • fire frequency
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • grasslands
  • habits and behavior
  • Kentucky
  • landscape ecology
  • nongame birds
  • Oklahoma
  • population ecology
  • season of fire
  • Spiza americana
  • succession
  • Texas
  • Vermivora chrysoptera
  • Virginia
  • wildlife habitat management
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Record Last Modified: November 14, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 40908
Tall Timbers Record Number: 15722
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Journals-J
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Partners in Flight (PIF) is a consortium of professional and volunteer scientists and educators that promotes the conservation of landbird species. Central to the PLF conservation effort is the development of Bird Conservation Plans specific to each physiographic region of the United States. Without a coordinated prioritization of research needs, land managers, researchers, and funding agencies seeking to conserve landbirds lack direction. To address this issue, we (the Research Working Group of Partners in Flight) identified research priorities that have emerged recently as a result of Bird Conservation Plan development. Research priorities for the coming decade focus on habitat, specifically the identification of high-quality habitats and landscapes for breeding, migration, and wintering. Identification of the scale of breeding and natal dispersal and describing linkages between wintering and breeding populations are also research priorities for the coming decade. A summary of research priorities for each of the PIF regions (Northeast, Midwest, West, and South) is also provided. Specific research needs associated with priority species and habitats in each physiographic area can be accessed in a searchable database: From the text...'Top research priorities in the Southeast are as follows: (1) Determining the relative importance and utility of fire (frequency, seasonality, intensity) in maintaining grassland and early successional habitats throughout the southeast. Characteristics that favor occupancy and successful breeding by priority species associated with these habitats (e.g., Golden-winged Warblers, Henslow’s Sparrows, Bachman’s Sparrows (Aimophila bachmanii), Dickcissels, Bewick’s Wrens) need to be better understood, as do the management options that promote or permit retention of these features....'

Online Link(s):
Partners in Flight Research Working Group et al. 2002. Priority research needs for the conservation of neotropical migrant landbirds. Journal of Field Ornithology, v. 73, no. 4, p. 329-339.