Science Summaries

This is a collection of DSTs (Decision Support Tools) that summarize results from monitoring and research efforts to identify opportunities for implementing science-driven bird conservation actions. These DSTs link priority bird conservation objectives with natural resource management challenges by conveying management-relevant information through synthesis and interpretation of science and Avian Knowledge Network data.

Science & Adaptive Management in a National Monument

CSNM DST Cover (96 ppi 3xX)The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was the first U.S. National Monument set aside specifically for preservation of biodiversity. Using science to preserve biological diversity and improve habitat in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument highlights studies from Klamath Bird Observatory scientists and partners, framed as an adaptive management story of the Monument, its expansion, and the science which demonstrated that removing livestock grazing benefited bird species.

Like our other DSTs, the four-page document is intended for managers, conservation resource professionals, and anyone else that is interested in how our science can be used to make decisions that incorporate bird and habitat conservation objectives. Click here to download a printable version of this DST. 

 

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Bird Monitoring as an Aid to Riparian Restoration

KBO and USFS PSW 2013 Findings from Trinity River cover page 72 ppi 4 x 5.4Bird Monitoring as an Aid to Riparian Restoration: Findings from the Trinity River in Northwestern California provides an overview of the Trinity River Restoration Program, summarizes bird monitoring findings (2002-2011), and provides information for land managers with respect to bird-habitat associations and riparian restoration. Click here to download a printable version of this DST.

Click here to view “report card” style summary of the progress of riparian restoration along the Trinity River.

 

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Riparian Fuel Treatments

riparian fuel treatment dst cover 72 ppi 4.2 x 5.4Extensive fuel treatments implemented by land management agencies in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of southern Oregon and northern California have maintained no-cut buffer strips along riparian areas. Riparian Fuel Treatments in Intermittent and Perennial Streams: Effectiveness and Ecological Effects addresses an information gap regarding decisions to include riparian areas in fuel reduction efforts. Click here to view this document. Click here to download a printable version of this DST.

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Oak Woodlands and Chaparral

KBO 2017 Oak woodlands and chaparral DST v3.1 cover page 72ppi 2.8x3.6Chaparral provides important habitat for birds and other wildlife in oak woodland ecosystems, yet land managers concerned about the risk of severe wildfire often reduce shrubs to protect oak woodlands. To provide guidance on how to best reduce chaparral in oak restoration projects so that it still provides key habitat for shrub-associated species, we developed a decision support tool for land managers based on the results from three studies. The Oak Woodlands and Chaparral: Aligning chaparral-associated bird habitat needs with oak woodland restoration and fuel reduction in southwest Oregon and northern California DST informs management decisions regarding how different fuel-reduction methods (i.e., mechanical or manual treatments) influence bird communities and how the size and arrangement of the remaining chaparral patches influences whether shrub-associated birds will use them. Click here to download a printable version of this DST.

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Trinity River Restoration Report Card

2015 Trinity Report Card imageThe Trinity River Restoration Program (TRRP) was formed in 2000 to recover severely degraded salmon and steelhead fisheries along a 40-mile stretch of the Trinity River in northern Californa. The TRRP is actively restoring in-stream features of a healthy river system while maintaining and enhancing habitat along the river’s banks. Restored streamside habitat in the program area is being adaptively managed to increase plant species diversity and structural complexity, and to provide benefits for wildlife. Birds serve as ecological indicators to evaluate the success of restoration projects and inform plans for future restoration.

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Birds in Mixed-Conifer Hardwood Forests

KBO 2012 Birds in mixed conifer hardwood forests cover page 72 ppi 4.5 x 5.5Birds in Mixed-Conifer Hardwood Forests: Managing Fire-Adapted Ecosystems in Southwestern Oregon synthesizes Klamath Bird Observatory's research and monitoring results and links these results to the Partners in Flight coniferous forest bird conservation plans.  This Decision Support Tool shows that management for certain habitat attributes that is informed by bird conservation plans and results from related research and monitoring efforts can benefit Partners in Flight focal species and many other species and elements of biodiversity in these forests.  Click here to download a printable version of this DST.

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