North Carolina Project
Field validation of king rail habitat models in the Roanoke-Tar-Neuse-Cape Fear ecosystem
January 2007 - May 2011
- USFWS Migratory Bird Program
- US Geological Survey
1) Conduct King Rail surveys across 100 wetlands in the Roanoke-Tar-Neuse-Cape Fear Ecosystem, with three visits per site, following procedures outlined in the Standardized North American Marsh Bird Monitoring Protocols. 2) Conduct King Rail surveys across 100 wetlands in the Roanoke-Tar-Neuse-Cape Fear Ecosystem, following procedures outlined in the Standardized North American Marsh Bird Monitoring Protocols in spring 2007 and 2008. Objectives will be achieved by recruiting three field crews of two individuals each working through the breeding seasons of 2008 and 2009. On the basis of standardized NA Marsh Bird Monitoring Protocols, the crews should be able to survey approximately100 sites, with three visits per site. Final composition of the 100 sites will be driven by (1) the strength of the remotely-measured explanatory variables in the theoretical models, (2) the need to validate the model at ecosystem and refuge spatial scales, and (3) the need to validate model predictions across the full range of detection probabilities.