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

Arizona Project

Effects of the tide stage on detection probability of secretive marsh birds in coastal wetlands: Providing guidance for implementing the National Marsh Bird Monitoring Program on coastal NWRs

August 2007 - December 2009


Participating Agencies

  • Research Partnership Proposal (RPP - Eastern Reg Off)

OBJECTIVE: Researchers will conduct surveys alongside refuge staff during different tidal stages during the breeding season and then estimate detection probability during each survey. This project will provide needed information that will improve survey protocols that are being used by refuges across the country for a group of birds that has been largely neglected. The data produced will also be pooled with the national database for use by refuge staff across the country.