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Restoring Rio Grande Valley migration corridors

Formal Title: Bird Communities of Mature and Revegetated Tracts along the Lower Rio Grande

Research Focus: Bird migration corridors; Lower Rio Grande Valley

Conservation & Management Challenges:

The Lower Rio Grande Valley in south Texas is one of the largest migratory bird stopovers in North America and a major birding hotspot. Reservoir development allowed controlled flows of the lower Rio Grande River and subsequent agricultural expansion in the river valley, resulting in rapid population growth and habitat loss, causing significant declines in fish and wildlife populations. Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative partners wish to restore habitat and self-sustaining migratory bird populations in the valley.

Research Overview:

Developing this science is a priority for the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative. The project involves restoring habitats along the Lower Rio Grande Valley in south Texas. Partners are studying the responses of different bird species, such as the Altamira oriole, green jay, and olive sparrow, to farmland revegetation in the valley.

Results:

Final Report 

View the webinar on Habitat use by Birds along the lower Rio Grande

Access Rio Grande Valley migration corridors project on ScienceBase

Status:

The 2-year project was initiated in 2012 and completed in spring 2015. It was funded by the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative.

Contacts:

Principal Investigator: Dr. Timothy Brush, Department of Biology, University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, TX 78539

Landscape Conservation Cooperative Point-of-Contact: Bill Bartush, Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative, National Wetlands Research Center, 700 Cajundome Boulevard, Lafayette, LA 70506

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