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Effects of residential development and landscape composition on the breeding birds of Placer county's foothill oak woodlandsAuthor(s): Diana Stralberg; Brian Williams
Source: In: Standiford, Richard B., et al, tech. editor. Proceedings of the Fifth Symposium on Oak Woodlands: Oaks in California's Challenging Landscape. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-184, Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture: 341-366
Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)
Station: Pacific Southwest Research Station
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DescriptionThis study examines the effect of rural residential development and landscape composition on breeding birds in Placer County’s foothill oak woodlands. Point count survey data were used to construct generalized linear models for individual species' abundance or probability of occurrence, based on two sets of variables: GIS-derived landscape characteristics, including development density, oak woodland proportion, and habitat diversity; and field-collected local habitat parameters. We found that many species examined were sensitive to either development density or landscape composition at some distance between 250 and 4,000 m. Of the 48 breeding species common enough to analyze statistically, the occurrence of 24 species was significantly associated with landscape characteristics. Species shown to be associated with development density and/or urban edge proximity included the lark sparrow (-), Rufous-crowned sparrow (-), western meadowlark (-), black Phoebe (+), house finch (+) and western scrub-jay (+). Several other species were not development-sensitive but were positively associated with the proportion of oak woodland found in the surrounding landscape. For a subset of locations, some species also exhibited responses to local habitat variables, suggesting that further investigation of the importance of landscape vs. local factors is warranted. The diversity of responses observed across a range of species requires the recommendation of a multifaceted conservation strategy for oak woodland birds and their habitat.
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CitationStralberg, Diana; Williams, Brian. 2002. Effects of residential development and landscape composition on the breeding birds of Placer county''s foothill oak woodlands. In: Standiford, Richard B., et al, tech. editor. Proceedings of the Fifth Symposium on Oak Woodlands: Oaks in California''s Challenging Landscape. Gen. Tech. Rep. PSW-GTR-184, Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture: 341-366
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