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

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

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.

Presentations Presentation Date
Watson, D.H., J. Renner, and E.A. Hunter. Avian Response to Heavy Mineral Surface Mine Reclamation in Southeastern Georgia. American Ornithological Society Annual meeting, Estes Park, Colorado, October 2024. October 2024
Thomas, V.A., D. Donahoe, A. Dayer, and E.A. Hunter. Multitemporal lidar and satellite analysis for the quantification and detection of coastal forest degradation in the Eastern United States. ForestSat Conference, New Zealand, 2024. September 2024