Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: South Carolina
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

South Carolina Project

Monitoring success of Farm Bill programs in conserving avian wildlife

August 2016 - December 2018


Participating Agencies


The purpose of this study is to evaluate a new tool to monitor the effectiveness of, and inform Farm Bill incentive programs related to avian species of conservation concern. In this project we will first demonstrate the utility of new remote acoustic detecting technology to monitor avian community
responses to EQIP enrollment on private lands in SC. Findings will not only provide guidance on improved monitoring effectiveness of incentive programs, but provide unique insights into how such technology can be used to identify areas of future focus. Second, we will evaluate the transferability of this technology. To that end, we will provide several trainings and a technical manual on how managers, field personnel, and landowners can use acoustic monitoring devices to monitor for avian species. We are collaborating with USDA NRCS and SC DNR for this project.

Research Publications Publication Date
Wood, J.M., A.K. Tegeler, and B.E. Ross. Vegetation management on private forestland can increase avian species richness and abundance. August 2020
Presentations Presentation Date
Wood, J.M., A.K. Tegeler, and B.E. Ross. July 2018. The effects of US Farm Bill cost-share conservation practices and private lands management on avian communities in South Carolina, USA. North American Congress for Conservation Biology. Toronto, Ontario, CA. July 2018
Wood, J.M., A.K. Tegeler, B.E. Ross. September 2017. Quantifying the effects of Farm Bill cost-share conservation practices on avian species on private lands in South Carolina. 24th Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society. Albuquerque, New Mexico. September 2017