"A Century of Commitment to Research, Education and Conservation"

Completed Projects

Demographic response of a shrubland bird to habitat creation, succession, and disturbance in a dynamic landscape: Download / View PDF

Eastern Whip-Poor-Will Breeding Ecology in Relation to Habitat Management in a Pitch
Pine–Scrub Oak Barren: Download / View PDF

Improving Methods for Studying White-Nose Syndrome in Bats Barbara Shock, PhD, University of California, Davis: Download / View PDF

Two recent research publications funded by AWCF were just published.

The first study examined the effects of forest management,including herbicide applications, on prairie warblers, while the second study examined eastern whip-poor-will breeding ecology. PDF copies of the publications are below.

Akresh and King 2016.pdf
Akresh et al. 2015 FEM.pdf

Individuality in captive and field measures of behavior and space use in wild muskrat (Ithaca College)

Full paper: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03949370.2014.928653#preview

Automated Detection of Flying Animal Strikes

View here for copies of the reports

Assessment of Non-native Earthworms in the Adirondacks. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry-$2,000.

Objectives: To determine the species of non-native earthworms in the Adirondacks, their distribution and relation to soil and vegetation characteristics.

Assessing Impacts of Crude Oil on Reproduction of Migratory Birds
Morris Animal Foundation, Denver, CO. - $2,000.

Objective: To determine if PAH found in eggs can be linked to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Progress: Preliminary results show that the eggs of migratory birds (White Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants) contained higher levels of PAH's (poly-cyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) than those in the eggs of non-migratory Canada Geese.

Hopefully, this information will help in policy making decisions.

Ecology and Breeding Habitat of Bobcats (Lynx rufus).
Univ. of Minnesota - $2,000.
Natural History of Wood Turtle Populations in Southwestern New Hampshire and Recommendations for Management. Antioch University, Keane, N.H. $2,000.
Movement Ecology in Muskrats: influence of personalities, kinship and predators. Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y. $2,000.

Automatic Detection of Flying Animal Strikes at Commercial Wind Turbines - Old Bird, Inc. - $4,000

Objective: To build a prototype acoustic sensor system to detect flying vertebrates (birds and bats) collision sounds at two commercial wind turbines.

Results- Study confirms the feasability of using an acoustical method of recording rotor strikes by birds but requires further refinement to standardize the technique. There were no recordrd alarm vocalizations by birds although there were many bird passages through the rotor-swept zone."

The Effects of Invasive Shrubs on Insect Abundance and Breeding success of Songbirds in Power-line Corridors. University of New Hampshire - $2,000.

Objective:To determine if non-native, invasive shrubs affect the breeding success of songbirds by reducing the amount of insects available to them for food.

Owl Cavity Nesting Project for Small Owls: Northern Saw-Whet and Western Screech Owls in Forest Conservation and Management.

The Owl Research Institute at Ninepipes Center in Charlo, MT - $2,000.

Studies include nest site locations and characteristics, fledging success and banding studies.

A recent publication - "Tiny Terror of the Skies" by T. Dickson in National Wildlife, June-July 2009, pp 35-39 provides interesting information on Northern Pygmy Owl ecology and characteristics.

Estimation of Eastern Coyote Abundance Through Distance Sampling and Vocal Surveys. S.U.N.Y. College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, N.Y. $2,000.

Following several local pilot studies to assess the reliability of the technique, coyote locator calls were used at 579 stations to determine coyote abundance throughout New York State.
Response rates were sufficient to allow a credible estimate of New York's coyote population and represent the best estimate to date.

Habitat Associations and Movement Patterns of Reproductive Female Wolverines on Southeast Alaska's Mainland" Wolverine Foundation, Inc. Kuna, Idaho $2,000.

Completed Objectives-

*First information on wolverine movements, home range and denning habitat in a coastal ecosystem
*Determined distribution and numbers of wolverines using digital cameras and camera-hair snag technique with a capture-recapture model
*Several publications on several aspecys of the study; See Journal of Wildlife Management

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