Forest for the Birds Webinar Series #5
The Habitat Matrix - Stepping Down Bird Management from Landscape to Stand
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Forest Ecology Working Group, National Conservation Training Center, and Migratory Bird Program have developed a 12-part monthly lecture series to address the 50-year decline of 3 billion birds through partnerships, conservation science and forest management. The series tells a compelling story about forest bird population declines, partnership opportunities, and forest management actions that can support bird population recovery and sustainability.
After engaging with the entire series, participants will be able to:
- Describe the decline of forest-dwelling birds in the U.S., identifying causes and risk factors
- Apply species vulnerability assessment tools to identify priority bird species
- Describe the importance of forest management planning from landscape to local scales, recognizing essential forest community composition and structure for bird conservation
- Identify forest conservation and habitat management alternatives
View the webinar series home page here. Click on the title below to view the video.
Recorded: July 20th, 2021
Presenters: Jeffrey L. Larkin (Indiana University of Pennsylvania and American Bird Conservancy)
Duration: 66 minutes
Speaker Jeff Larkin of Indiana University of PA and the American Bird Conservancy discussed the importance of implementing forest bird conservation at biologically meaningful scales both spatially and temporally. He describes stepping down landscape scale bird conservation plans and strategies to the forest stand level. He also talks about how essential good forest management is to creating a diversity of forest structure, and how that assists many forest bird species trying to survive in forests that offer very little diversity of habitat structure.