When: Wednesday, October 5, 12:00-1:00 PM Central Time
Conservation & Management Challenges:
Habitat fragmentation and degradation are considered to be a leading causes of long-term population declines of Northern Bobwhites and many other species of grassland birds, such as Eastern Meadowlark. Research is needed to understand the factors causing habitat loss and fragmentation and to identify the areas that are high-probability candidates for successful restoration so that optimal decisions can be made. For example, uncertainty exists regarding the impacts of energy development activities or climate change that affect significant portions of wildlife populations in the GCP LCC. Furthermore, changing land ownership coupled with woody shrub and exotic grass encroachment have reduced the amount and quality of available grassland habitat in the region.
This project will analyze the amount of grassland bird habitat loss and fragmentation resulting from oil and gas development, as well as threats posed by land ownership change, and woody shrub/exotic grass encroachment. It will analyze existing bird population monitoring data collected by the Oaks & Prairie Joint Venture and Grassland Bird Monitoring program to examine how the abundance of Northern Bobwhite populations is related to land cover and land use changes across Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana over the past ~3 years. It will also project future habitat loss and fragmentation caused by these same drivers and model the consequences of management alternatives in achieving desired conservation outcomes. This analysis will result in identification of key drivers of habitat fragmentation, facilitating effective action to minimize these threats.
Please register for Habitat Loss and Fragmentation Effects in the Management of Northern Bobwhites and Eastern Meadowlarks on Oct 5, 2016 12:00 PM CDT at:
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Dr. James Martin, Assistant Professor, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, University of Georgia
James Martin is an assistant professor of wildlife ecology and management at the University of Georgia. Prior to coming to UGA in 2014, he was an assistant professor and post-doctoral research scientist at Mississippi State University. He has a BS degree in Environmental Studies from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and a PhD in Forest Resources from UGA. His research focuses on gamebird ecology including wild turkeys, northern bobwhites, and American woodcock. Furthermore, his research program centers around biodiversity and managed ecosystems.