Forest Songbirds in the Blue Mountains, Oregon: Habitat Relationships and Response to Prescribed Burning

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Type of Culminating Activity


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Master of Science in Biology



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Rex Sallabanks


Jim R. Belthoff


Stephen J. Novak


Each year, biodiversity declines with the loss of individual species, primarily as a result of anthropogenic disturbances (Hejl 1994, Harrod et al. 1996, Myres et al. 2000). Extinction, albeit a natural process, is occurring at a rate of 400 times that of recent geologic time (Wilson 1985). Such loss of biodiversity is a national issue, and federal law mandates that both populations of native vertebrates be maintained and habitats of native species be enhanced (Salwasser et al. 1983). To achieve this, land managers need information necessary to maintain suitable habitat for all flora and fauna, including avian populations. We need to better understand the specifics of bird-habitat relations and the effects of common land-management practices in order to achieve effective avian conservation.

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