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

Minnesota Project

Habitat use of post-fledging forest-nesting songbirds in northern hardwood-coniferous forests in north-central MN

August 2005 - September 2010


Participating Agencies

  • Science Support Partnership

Compared to use of nesting habitat, habitat use by forest-nesting songbirds following fledging is relatively poorly understood. Recent studies based on point counts and mist-netting, and monitoring movement of fledglings via radio-telemetry, suggest that for at least some species of forest-nesting songbirds, habitat use post-fledging can be quite different from breeding-habitat use. To date, information regarding habitat use following fledging for forest nesting birds is limited to a few studies from eastern (Virginia and West Virginia) and southern (Missouri) deciduous forests, and from only a few species of forest-nesting birds. No published information regarding post-fledging habitat use exists for northern hardwood-coniferous forest birds in the western Great Lakes region. Forest-management plans that incorporate considerations for forest-nesting birds generally do not consider habitat use following fledging. A more complete understanding of habitat use by forest-nesting birds in northern hardwood-coniferous forests would provide the basis for better incorporating considerations for forest-nesting birds in forest management in the western Great Lakes region. Specifically, our goals are to (1) determine what species of forest-nesting birds (both adults and fledglings) use a range of habitats from early successional to mature forest during the post-fledging period, and (2) document post-fledging movements and habitat use of selected forest-nesting species in northern hardwood-coniferous forests in northern Minnesota.

Research Publications Publication Date
Streby, H.M., S.M. Peterson, and D.E. Andersen. 2011. Invertebrate availability and vegetation characteristics explain use of non-nesting cover types by mature-forest songbirds during the post-fledging period. Journal of Field Ornithology 82:406-414. 2011-12-31
Streby, H.M., S.M. Peterson, T. L. McAllister, and D.E. Andersen. 2011. Use of early successional managed northern forest by mature-forest species during the post-fledging period. Condor 113:817-824. 2011-12-31
Streby, H. M. and D.E. Andersen. 2011. Seasonal productivity in a population of migratory songbirds: why nest data are not enough. Ecosphere 2: Article 78. | Publisher Website 2011-07-31
Streby, H.M. and D.E. Andersen. 2013. Testing common assumptions in studies of songbird nest success. Ibis 155:327-337. | Download 2013-03-31
Streby, H.M. and D.E. Andersen. 2013. Movements, cover-type selection, and survival of fledgling ovenbirds in managed deciduous and mixed-coniferous forests. Forest Ecology and Management 287:9-16. 2012-10-31
Presentations Presentation Date
Streby, H.M. and D.E. Andersen. 2007. Habitat use of post-fledging forest-nesting songbirds in northern hardwood-coniferous forests of northern Minnesota. Annual Meeting of the Minnesota Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Alexandria, Minnesota. 2007-03-15
Streby, H.M. and D.E. Andersen. 2008. Survival and habitat use of fledgling forest nesting songbirds in a managed forest landscape. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Office. Minneapolis, Minnesota. 2008-11-15
Streby, H.M. and D.E. Andersen. 2009. Nesting success does not equal reproductive success: a case study with songbirds. 70th Midwest Fish and Wildlife Conference, Springfield, Illinois. 2009-12-09
Streby, H.M. and D.E. Andersen. 2010. When is success not success? When it's songbird nesting success. Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting. Seattle, Washington. 2010-02-15
Streby, H.M. and D.E. Andersen. 2011. (Invited). What the post-fledging period tells us that the nesting season does not. 129th Stated Meeting of the American Ornithologists’ Union. Jacksonville, Florida. 2011-08-05
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Streby, H.M. 2010. Survival and habitat use by post-fledging forest-nesting songbirds in managed mixed northern hardwood-coniferous forests. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota U.S.A. 148pp. 2010-10-31