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Golden-winged Warbler Habitat Management on Pisgah Game Lands

Creating Golden-winged habitat using Best Management Practices on Pisgah Game Lands; Chris Kelly.

By Chris Kelly, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission created and improved golden-winged warbler nesting habitat on the Beck tract of the Pisgah Game Lands, located in Roaring Creek Valley, Avery County. Over the course of two days, staff from the Wildlife Diversity Program and the Land and Water Access Division's Burnsville and Marion Wildlife Depots worked to create 15 acres of shrub/sapling habitat preferred by the golden-winged warbler. Treatments applied Best Management Practices to expand the existing openings, retain 5 to 15 trees per acre and 30-70% shrub cover, and feather the…
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Construction of Towers will Provide Valuable Roost Sites for Chimney Swifts

One of two newly constructed chimney swift towers; Chris Kelly.

By Chris Kelly, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Over this past summer, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s Wildlife Diversity staff had an opportunity to collaborate with both partners and citizens to help chimney swifts in western North Carolina. In August, the Town of Black Mountain erected two chimney swift towers-- one next to the Black Mountain Library and the other adjacent to Lake Tomahawk. These towers are intended to replace a nearby chimney that swifts used as a fall roost site but was removed during a building renovation.

Though only one pair of swifts…
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Land Acquisitions Add Important Habitat for a Diversity of Birds in NC

By Chris Kelly, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Over the last year, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission focused on adding to its game land system, with the acquisition of nine parcels totaling 1810 acres. These parcels add important habitat for vesper sparrow, yellow-bellied sapsucker, and hermit thrush on Pond Mountain Game Land; Kentucky warbler, Swainson’s warbler, Acadian flycatcher, and wood thrush on Thurmond Chatham Game Land; Kentucky warbler, Swainson’s warbler, yellow-throated warbler, prairie warbler, Acadian flycatcher, wood thrush, and yellow-billed cuckoo on Green River Game Land; and Acadian flycatcher, brown creeper, common raven, veery, worm-eating warbler, and…
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Successful Year Implementing Working Lands for Wildlife on Private Lands

Landowners Don and Holly Addis, recognized by Audubon for implementing management for Golden- winged Warblers on their property; Aimee Tomcho.

By Curtis Smalling, Audubon North Carolina

This was another very busy and successful year for implementing the NRCS Working Lands for Wildlife program in North Carolina between Audubon NC and our volunteers and partners. A major aspect of this work was providing technical assistance to about 80 landowners as well as beginning to implement management for Golden-winged Warblers on their lands. Our recognition program featured several of these landowners this year on our social media outlets including the following blog posts: http://nc.audubon.org/news/audubon-signs- designate-specialized-habitat-0

In May and June, Golden-winged Warbler surveys were conducted on private lands…
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Providing Training and Enhancing Capacity for Geolocator Deployment

Golden-winged Warbler equipped with a geolocator; Aimee Tomcho.

By Curtis Smalling, Audubon North Carolina

In January of 2016, Audubon NC Aimee Tomcho visited Nicaragua at one of our partner sites to help the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences deploy geolocators at Finca Esperanza Verde. The primary goal was to deploy 21 new geolocators on male Golden-winged Warblers in order to learn more about their migratory patterns. Researchers are specifically interested in where the Golden-winged Warblers that winter in Nicaragua go to breed during the spring in the United States.

The team was led by the NC Museum of Natural Science Research…
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New Breeding Bird Atlas Provides Unprecedented Snapshot of Bird Life in OH

By Matthew Shumar, Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative

Twenty-five years after the publication of the state’s first breeding bird atlas, The Second Atlas of Breeding Birds in Ohio was released in April 2016. Using 6- years of data (2006-2011), the Atlas documents the current distribution and changes in status for more than two hundred bird species in Ohio, including five new breeding species and five species not known to have bred in over fifty years. Point counts were also conducted, enabling precise estimates of the actual statewide populations for many of the breeding species detected. In all, more…
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Managing Forests for Birds Video Series

By Matthew Shumar, Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative

A new video series by the Ohio Bird Conservation Initiative highlights the importance of proper forest management in improving a diversity of habitat for birds and other wildlife. The series focuses on several Ohio private landowners detailing their experiences managing and improving conditions of their woodlands and the beneficial changes in the bird community following such actions.

Initiating changes to forest structure that create a more diverse and healthy forest can be daunting for woodland owners. Through this video series, landowners can learn critical information…
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AMJV Partners Join NRCS and Landowners to Celebrate WLFW Success

Landowners Don and Natalie Love (foreground right) explain to Jason Weller (foreground left), former NRCS Chief, some of the forest management work they completed on their property for Golden-winged W

By Todd Fearer, Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture, and Justin Fritscher, Natural Resources Conservation Service

The Golden-winged Warbler is one of the eight nationally identified target species of Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), the targeted, science- based conservation effort led by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). NRCS selected this species because of its significant decline over the past four decades as well as the capacity for private lands conservation to make a difference. NRCS, AMJV and many others are working with private landowners to sustainably manage their forests and restore young forests, to…
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Rare Mountain and Peatland Bird Project

Painter Creek Bog; David Yeany.

By Douglas Gross, Pennsylvania Game Commission, and David Yeany, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

The Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Diversity Bird section continued its rare mountain bird project and engaged with partners – David Yeany of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy (WPC) and Brittingham Lab at Pennsylvania State University – to expand the project and accomplish a great deal more in 2016. We have studied the state Endangered Yellow-bellied Flycatcher and Blackpoll Warbler for several years in isolated high elevation forested wetlands within large forest blocks. That study continued this year with Yellow-bellied Flycatchers found on territory only in Coalbed…
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Geolocators, Bandings, and Monitoring: Studying Bird Abundance and Habitat

Worm-eating Warbler with color leg band attached; Rick Huffines.

By Rick Huffines, Tennessee River Gorge Trust

The Tennessee River Gorge Trust (TRGT) launched Phase 1 of a Bird Banding Lab approved Louisiana Waterthrush (LOWA) geolocator pilot study to test new leg harness techniques and materials. A total of 16 geolocators were attached to LOWAs and an additional 16 LOWA's were color leg banded as control birds. Phase 2, the recapture, will begin in the Spring of 2017 and a peer reviewed paper highlighting the techniques and materials used in the pilot study as well as the results will be forthcoming in late 2017.


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