Legacy-funded Bird Projects, 2010
- See https://www.dodlegacy.org for more detail on each project.
- Spreadsheet of all bird-related Legacy projects from 1991-2013 (.xlsx, Excel file)
10-102: Great Basin Species-At-Risk and Invasive Species Management Through Multi-Agency Monitoring and Coordination
POC: Robbie Knight/Dugway Proving Ground
Synopsis: In the Western U.S., cheatgrass has degraded habitat, impacted wildlife, and increased fire risks on military and public lands restricting military training activities in some cases. Raptors, specifically burrowing owls, ferruginous hawks (both Utah Species of Concern), and golden eagles, are showing declining trends in the West possibly due to the invasion of cheatgrass. Through a partnership between HawkWatch International, Dugway Proving Ground, Hill Air Force Base and other state and federal agencies, we propose to assess the impact of cheatgrass cover on these species on DoD and public lands in the Great Basin of Utah.
10-119: Kirtland's Warbler - a success story of cooperative conservation saving an endangered species
POC: Michele Richards/Michigan NGB
Synopsis: Document the development of the Kirtland's Warbler recovery program process and the history of the Kirtland's Warbler Recovery Team, and create a permanent records archive.
10-245: Migratory Bird Monitoring Using Automated Acoustic Technologies - Year 4 (05-245, 06-245, 07-245)
POC: Andrew Farnsworth/Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Synopsis: This project is a continuation of previous Legacy work to support and advance acoustic monitoring as a cost-effective and efficient method to collect species-specific data on DoD lands. Previous funding resulted in major advances in streamlining and automating the process of gathering audio data on nocturnal migrants and target species of concerns. In continuing this work, we will use acoustic technologies, including autonomous recording devices and sound analysis software, for improved monitoring of species of concern, while developing cost-effective and meaningful protocols for use in and widespread transfer of such technologies to DoD. Continued support from Legacy is critical for producing meaningful and cost-effective monitoring protocols for species of concern and for increasing efficiency and technology transfer of these cutting edge technologies.
10-337: Assessing the status of declining Rusty Blackbirds on DoD lands in Alaska - Year 4 (07-337, 08-337, 09-337)
POC: Steve Matsuoka/USFWS
Synopsis: We will identify the demographic deficits, migratory routes, and factors contributing to the high risk of mercury exposure of Rusty Blackbirds breeding on DoD lands in Alaska. This work will be conducted in collaboration with several studies by the International Rusty Blackbird Technical Group and will help identify the mechanisms contributing to the species’ 90–98% decline, important areas for conservation throughout the species’ flyway, and efforts to recover the species.
10-343: Status and distribution of Le Conte’s Thrasher: a species at-risk on three southwestern military installations
POC: Michael Ingraldi/AZ Game and Fish Department
Synopsis: We will determine the status and distribution of Le Conte’s Thrashers (Toxostoma lecontei), a species at-risk on southwestern military installations, and assist in guiding future habitat management on military lands so as to fulfill military mission critical activities while maintaining existing Thrasher populations.
10-381: Avian response to grassland management around military airfields in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Regions
POC: Kimberly Peters/NJ Audubon
Synopsis: Investigate relationships among avian habitat use and grassland habitat management methods on military airfields in the NE. Goals include reducing the risk of bird-aircraft collisions and enhancing habitat for grassland species of conservation concern.
10-425: Habitat use at multiple scales by pinyon-juniper birds - Year 2 (09-425)
POC: Carol Finley/Kirtland AFB
Synopsis: We will study pinyon-juniper habitat use by two Species At Risk, Pinyon Jay and Gray Vireo, at multiple scales and installations, create GIS habitat models, and make management recommendations for both species.
10-427: Tracing the geographic origin of migratory birds breeding on DoD lands using stable isotopes - Year 2 (09-427)
POC: Peter Marra/Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center
Synopsis: Management decisions for migratory birds are focused on breeding grounds, yet because migratory birds spend most of the year on their non-breeding grounds in the tropics, it is equally likely that events in the tropics, off of military bases, are also important drivers of population abundance of these birds. Our research will map where migrants breeding on military lands winter and provide essential information to land managers.
10-429: Cerulean Warbler Occurrence Atlas for military installations - Year 2 (09-429)
POC: Michele Richards/Ft Custer and John Brenneman/Kalamazoo Nature Center
Synopsis: The Cerulean Warbler Occurrence Atlas will uncover the presence or absence of CERW on all DoD sites within the species’ breeding range. This will improve DoD’s ability to access this data and to forge partnerships.
10-439: Acquisition and Preservation of Current and Historical Avian Databases from DoD Military Natural Resources Programs - Year 2 (09-439)
POC: Richard Fischer/Army Corps
Synopsis: Continue to acquire avian inventory and monitoring data in electronic form from installations, permanently archive these data, and input into the Avian Knowledge Network for regional analyses to support installations on MBTA, EO13186, and the new Migratory Bird Rule. Thus far, 262 potential data sets have been identified for archiving, and of those, 65 have been obtained and provided to USGS for formatting and archiving into the CBMD.
10-440: Implementation of the DoD Coordinated Bird Monitoring Plan - Year 2 (09-440)
POC: Jonathan Bart/USGS
Synopsis: This is the second year of a three-year project to implement the recently-completed DoD Coordinated Bird Monitoring Plan. As in year one, project personnel will work closely with DoD installations that conduct bird monitoring and assessments to insure that they understand and follow the new guidelines.
10-465: Modeling the impacts of climate change on birds and vegetation on military lands
POC: John Wiens/PRBO Conservation Science
Synopsis: Our assessments of climate-change impacts on bird distributions in California indicate that DoD lands may be especially vulnerable. We will use models to predict and map how climate change may alter vegetation and bird distributions on DoD lands in California. We will assess how these effects vary among installations to identify where similar management practices may be feasible. We will evaluate how land-use changes may interact with climate change to affect areas bordering installations. Our results will help natural-resource managers develop measures to mitigate the effects of climate change and design cost-effective monitoring. The methods developed for California will provide a framework for other regions across DoD.
10-468: DoD Natural Resources Initiative Support: PIF, PARC - Year 2 (09-419)
POC: Alison Dalsimer/Booz Allen Hamilton
Synopsis: This effort will support DoD Conservation national initiatives, including the DoD Partners in Flight (PIF) and DoD Partners for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) programs, and their Coordinators. Support will vary, but may include developing and implementing metrics to quantify program success, producing newsletters, developing outreach materials, and supporting annual meetings.