Legacy-funded Bird Projects, 2011
- See https://www.dodlegacy.org for more detail on each project.
- Spreadsheet of all bird-related Legacy projects from 1991-2013 (.xlsx, Excel file)
11-102: Great Basin Species-At-Risk and Invasive Species Management Through Multi-Agency Monitoring and Coordination - Year 2 (10-102)
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.
11-343: Status and distribution of Le Conteís Thrasher: a species at-risk on three southwestern military installations - Year 2 (10-343)
POC: Michael Ingraldi/AZ Game and Fish Department
Synopsis: We will determine the status and distribution of Le Conteís 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.
11-408: Grassland bird productivity on military airfields in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions - Year 3 (08-408, 09-408)
POC: Kimberly Peters/NJ Audubon
Synopsis: The proposal aims to monitor local demographic parameters (e.g., nest survival, fledging success) on three military bases, and identifies these parameters as targets for management. Preliminary analyses were conducted on data from the first two years of the study and revealed general patterns with respect to nest placement and probability of success for our two target species, grasshopper sparrow and eastern meadowlark. They also provided some evidence for direct and indirect impacts of grass-height management activities. However, these findings also showed that final analyses would more effectively be conducted separately for each base, due to site differences in breeding phenology, predator composition, vegetation management plans, and habitat characteristics.
11-429: Cerulean Warbler Occurrence Atlas for military installations - Year 3 (09-429, 10-429)
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 speciesí breeding range. This will improve DoDís ability to access this data and to forge partnerships.
11-942: An Integrated Approach to Bird/Wildlife Air Strike Hazards on DoD Installations
POC: Richard Fischer/US Army Environmental Lab
Synopsis: This project seeks alternative solutions to contemporary Bird/Wildlife Air Strike Hazard (BASH) management on DoD airfields where strike hazard continues to be a problem because of regulatory impediments such as presence of T&E species or inability to manipulate jurisdictional wetland habitat. We propose to develop a more integrated approach to BASH reduction, through Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and habitat modification that will (1) increase flight safety, (2) reduce adverse natural resources impacts, (3) decrease BASH and natural resources operational expenses, and (4) provide scientific documentation on how habitat management measures that reduce BASH risk also have minimal natural resources impacts.
11-944: Bird Strike Hazards and Mitigation Strategies for Military Rotary Wing Aircraft
POC: Travis DeVault/USDA Wildlife Services and Paul Cisar/US Army Envtl. Command
Synopsis: The purpose of our study is to conduct a comprehensive analysis of Bird Aircraft Strike Hazard (BASH) data on birdstrikes with military rotary-wing aircraft available from all Military Services. Our efforts in understanding the unique threats to military rotary-wing aircraft from birdstrikes will provide the basis for the development of effective management strategies and BASH programs to reduce the frequency of and damage caused by such strikes, ultimately providing a safer flying environment for military personnel and reducing impacts to the mission.
11-945: DoD Natural Resources Initiative Support: PIF, PARC - Year 3 (09-419, 10-468)
POC: Erica Evans/Booz Allen Hamilton
Synopsis: The DoD Partners in Flight (PIF) and DoD Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC) programs facilitate national coordination and standardization of conservation efforts in support of mission objectives. This project will ensure that DoD objectives are fulfilled by providing programmatic, administrative, and other support to help develop and implement program objectives.