Winter Resident Bird Presentation


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Janet Franklin sent along her recent presentation to the International
Association of Landscape Ecology.  Her summary of the talk after the jump.
Thanks Janet!

We assessed the relative abundance of winter resident birds through point counts on Abaco Island, The Bahamas

·      Winter resident birds were more abundant in Pineland than in Coppice forested habitats, where species composition and evenness also differed between the two habitats

·      In Pineland, Palm Warbler and Yellow-rumped Warbler were the dominant winter resident species, and bird community composition varied with forest structure

·      Coppice covers less than 10% of Abaco, is threatened by current patterns of land development, and a very diverse and unique winter bird community depends on this habitat. Protection of this habitat is important for both resident and migrant species alike. Both Pineland and Coppice need to be protected from too-frequent fires that degrade these forests.

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