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2015

TN: Observatory and New Grant Allow for Banding Success and Avian Research

The Tennessee River Gorge Trust will be conducting a 2-year geolocator project on Louisiana Waterthrush. Photo: Bill Majoros.

The Tennessee River Gorge Trust continued work in 2015 at our Bird Observatory by conducting Spring/Fall migrational inventory banding, as well as collecting productivity and survivorship data. A privy and two cabins increased our capacity to support research staff and visitors at the Observatory. During the year, 339 birds were banded that encompassed 51 different species, and 86 of these birds were recaptured for a total of 425 birds caught. Swainson’s Thrush and Hooded Warbler were the most abundant during this inventory.

Another major accomplishment from 2015 included receiving a $150,000 grant from the Benwood Foundation. We…
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WV: Publication for Enhancing Habitat on Oil & Gas Infrastructure

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (DNR), Wildlife Resources Section published a new guide to provide information on management activities to enhance wildlife habitat associated with well sites, pipelines and access roads. Paul Johansen, Chief of the Wildlife Resources Section, recommends that landowners and industry use this non-regulatory guide -titled Enhancing Wildlife Habitat on Oil and Gas Infrastructure - to improve habitat for a variety of game and non-game wildlife. This includes those species that use the edges of developed areas, where natural habitats meet human habitats, such as early successional habitat.

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Completion of the 2nd West Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources (WVDNR) staff and partners continue to make progress towards completing its 2nd Bird Atlas manuscript for submission to West Virginia University Press. Over the last year, staff worked to proof and correct all distribution and abundance data. WVDNR also contracted with the Conservation Management Institute in Virginia to produce a statistical analysis and map products for inclusion in the forthcoming manuscript. The first versions of density models are now being produced.

An atlas author meeting was also held where support materials and style guidelines were discussed and distributed. Drafts of dozens…
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West Virginia Wildlife Action Plan to Guide Conservation Actions in State f

This Mourning Warbler in Pocahontas County, WVA, was one of over 100,000 birds observed during the 2nd West Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas. Photo: Doug Jolley.

The 1st revision of the West Virginia State Wildlife Action Plan was completed and submitted to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service staff for review. West Virginia Division of Natural Resources staff and partners worked over much of 2015 to complete the document. Species lists were updated and rankings revised, threats and conservation actions were identified, and conservation focus areas were delineated. The document will now guide conservation and management work in the state for the next 10 years.
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