Wildlife Monitoring

Baseline data from all bird observations at MPG North includes detections of 87 species in 31 families since 2007. Point count data from 2010 and 2011 documented 35 species in 16 families that either nest and breed at MPG North or appear there year-round. Ruby-crowned Kinglets were the most frequently detected species in point counts, followed by Red-winged Blackbirds, Swainson’s Thrushes and Dark-eyed Juncos (unlimited detection radius from survey points). Species richness and abundance increased from north to south across the property and reached maximum values near the southwest pothole and other wetland areas. The relatively depauperate northwest lodgepole forest may benefit from restoration treatments designed to increase tree age class and species diversity. Shrub and tree restoration elsewhere on the property should also increase nesting habitat for most bird species. Since migratory bird populations depend on winter habitat, migratory habitat and weather conditions beyond our control, several years of data will be needed to reveal population trends that reflect habitat improvements due to restoration activities.

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