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. December 2011
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. December 2011
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 July 2011
Streby, H.M. and D.E. Andersen. 2013. Testing common assumptions in studies of songbird nest success. Ibis 155:327-337. | Download March 2013
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. October 2013
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. March 2007
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. November 2008
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. December 2009
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. February 2010
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. August 2011
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. October 2010