Nest Survival and Nest-site Selection of Avian Communities in Pinyon-juniper Woodlands Undergoing Thinning Treatments

dc.contributor.committeeChairBoal, Clint
dc.contributor.committeeMemberColdren, Cade
dc.contributor.committeeMemberPortillo, Carlos
dc.creatorDavidson, Tucker
dc.date.accessioned2023-11-20T20:24:21Z
dc.date.available2023-11-20T20:24:21Z
dc.date.issued2023-08
dc.description.abstractThis study was proposed in 2018 in collaboration with the New Mexico Migratory Bird Division of the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Texas Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Texas Tech University. The data for this project were collected on the Fort Stanton-Snowy River Cave National Conservation Area (NCA) in Lincoln County, NM over the course of three breeding seasons (2019-2021). The Roswell office of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) facilitated access and permits to conduct this research. The purpose of this study was to investigate nest survival and nest-site selection for pinyon-juniper specialists breeding at Fort Stanton among control (i.e., unthinned) and treated (i.e., prescription thinning) pinyon-juniper woodlands. We analyzed nest survival rates for 9 species of breeding birds and found no differences in between treated and untreated plots. However, we found several nest-site habitat characteristics associated with nest survival. Additionally, we investigated habitat characteristics associated with selected nest-sites for 7 species of breeding birds. The results are intended to inform land managers on how current management strategies impact the associated bird communities. Results from our study will provide feedback to land managers that are aiming to conserve pinyon-juniper bird communities while meeting the broader objectives of the NCA (National Conservation Area). Two chapters are presented in this thesis to facilitate future publications. Citation guidelines were adopted from the American Ornithological Society per my advisor, Dr. Clint Boal.
dc.format.mimetypeApplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2346/96838
dc.language.isoen
dc.rights.availabilityAccess is not restricted.
dc.subjectNest-site Selection
dc.subjectNest Survival
dc.subjectPinyon-juniper
dc.subjectAvian
dc.titleNest Survival and Nest-site Selection of Avian Communities in Pinyon-juniper Woodlands Undergoing Thinning Treatments
dc.typeThesis
thesis.degree.departmentNatural Resources Management
thesis.degree.disciplineWildlife, Aquatic, and Wildlands Science and Management
thesis.degree.grantorTexas Tech University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science
Files
Original bundle
Now showing 1 - 1 of 1
Loading...
Thumbnail Image
Name:
DAVIDSON-THESIS-2023.pdf
Size:
9.35 MB
Format:
Adobe Portable Document Format
License bundle
Now showing 1 - 1 of 1
No Thumbnail Available
Name:
license.txt
Size:
1.57 KB
Format:
Item-specific license agreed upon to submission
Description: