Wetland Fragmentation and Bird Communities

Dinorah Chacin’s paper on Abaco bird wetland communities is out.  Counter to our a priori expectations, she found no differences in the communities of birds found on the blocked (by roads) and unblocked sides.  This suggests that even wetlands that have been fundamentally affected by fragmentation following road construction can still serve as valuable bird habitat.  It is an easily accessible paper – check it out.  Here is her complete species list…

Red-winged Blackbird
Laughing Gull
Antillean Nighthawk
Gray Kingbird
Great Egret
Wilson’s Plover
Red-legged Thrush
Bahamas Mockingbird
Smooth-billed Ani
White-Crowned Pigeon
Turkey Vulture
Little Tern
Green Heron
Reddish Egret
Great Blue Heron
Stripe-headed Tanager
White Ibis
Hairy Woodpecker
Yellow Warbler
Tricolored Heron
Eurasian Collared Dove
Yellow-throated Warbler
Pine Warbler
Common Ground Dove
Yellow-crowned Night Heron
Brown Pelican
Cuban Emerald
West Indian Woodpecker
Snowy Egret
Common Gallinule
Greater Antillean Bullfinch
Black-necked Stilt
Belted Kingfisher
Bahama Woodstar
By | 2017-12-01T14:02:12-05:00 July 9th, 2015|Categories: Birds, development, Featured, Mangroves and Creeks|Comments Off on Wetland Fragmentation and Bird Communities

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Craig Layman
My lab’s interdisciplinary pursuits provide for a multi-faceted understanding of environmental change in the coastal realm. We are ecologists, asking questions that span population, community, ecosystem and evolutionary sub-disciplines. We often use a food web based perspective, exploring top-down (e.g., predation) and bottom-up (e.g., nutrient excretion) mechanisms by which animals affect ecosystem processes. All of our efforts are framed within a broader outreach framework, directly integrating science and education, using approaches such as this website.