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 in Georgia

August 2021 - June 2023


Participating Agencies

  • 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 Georgia are detectable with remotely sensed data. Focal species include Bachman's Sparrow (Peucaea aestivalis), Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus), and Northern Bobwhite (Colinus virginianus). To develop targeted monitoring and management strategies, more detailed information is needed on the specific habitat requirements and tolerances of each species and how habitat characteristics are shaped by management actions. This project is a collaboration between the Virginia Cooperative Research Unit, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge. Outputs will include species distribution maps, monitoring recommendations, and multi-species management strategies.