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

Virginia Project

Remote sensing of habitat for at-risk early successional bird species

August 2021 - December 2023


Participating Agencies

  • USFWS Region 4 QR
  • Georgia Department of Natural Resources
  • The Chemours Company

Bird species that use early successional habitat (grasslands, shrublands, young forests) are declining. This project aims to determine whether the fine scale habitat features favored by early successional bird species in the southeastern coastal plain are detectable with remotely sensed data. In addition, monitoring with acoustic recording units can improve detection and population estimation. Outputs will include species distribution maps, monitoring recommendations, and multi-species management strategies.