Bird Conservation Decision Support Tools

Klamath Bird Observatory works with partners to develop Bird Conservation Decision Support Tools (DSTs) that transfer science-based information to communities who implement strategies that benefit birds and their habitats.  Such DSTs link priority natural resource management challenges and bird conservation objectives using audience-specific delivery approaches to convey the best available scientific information through synthesis and interpretation of bird monitoring data.
 
For more information about DSTs and bird conservation see the manuscript Decision Support Tools: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Management.
 

Birds in Oak Woodlands and Chaparral

birds in oak and chaparral dst cover ppi 72 4.2 x 5.4Chaparral provides important habitat for birds and other wildlife in oak woodland ecosystems, yet land managers concerned about the risk of severe wildfire often reduce shrubs to protect oak woodlands. To provide guidance on how to best reduce chaparral in oak restoration projects so that it still provides key habitat for shrub-associated species, we developed a decision support tool for land managers based on the results from three studies. The Oak Woodlands and Chaparral: Aligning chaparral-associated bird habitat needs with oak woodland restoration and fuel reduction in southwest Oregon and northern California DST informs management decisions regarding how different fuel-reduction methods (i.e., mechanical or manual treatments) influence bird communities and how the size and arrangement of the remaining chaparral patches influences whether shrub-associated birds will use them. Click here to download a printable version of this DST.

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Riparian Fuel Treatments

riparian fuel treatment dst cover 72 ppi 4.2 x 5.4Extensive fuel treatments implemented by land management agencies in the Klamath-Siskiyou Bioregion of southern Oregon and northern California have maintained no-cut buffer strips along riparian areas.  Riparian Fuel Treatments in Intermittent and Perennial Streams: Effectiveness and Ecological Effects addresses an information gap regarding decisions to include riparian areas in fuel reduction efforts.  Click here to view this document.  Click here to download a printable version of this DST.

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Birds in Mixed-Conifer Hardwood Forests

KBO 2012 Birds in mixed conifer hardwood forests cover page 72 ppi 4.5 x 5.5Birds in Mixed-Conifer Hardwood Forests: Managing Fire-Adapted Ecosystems in Southwestern Oregon synthesizes Klamath Bird Observatory's research and monitoring results and links these results to the Partners in Flight coniferous forest bird conservation plans.  This Decision Support Tool shows that management for certain habitat attributes that is informed by bird conservation plans and results from related research and monitoring efforts can benefit Partners in Flight focal species and many other species and elements of biodiversity in these forests.  Click here to download a printable version of this DST.

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