Assessing ecoregional-scale habitat suitability index models for priority landbirds
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Journal of Wildlife Management. 73(8): 1307-1315.
Emerging methods in habitat and wildlife population modeling promise new horizons in conservation but only if these methods provide robust population-habitat linkages. We used Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) data to verify and validate newly developed habitat suitability index (HSI) models for 40 priority landbird species in the Central Hardwoods and West Gulf Coastal Plain/Ouachitas Bird Conservation Regions. We considered a species' HSI model verified if there was a significant rank correlation between mean predicted HSI score and mean observed BBS abundance across the 88 ecological subsections within these Bird Conservation Regions.
KeywordsBreeding Bird Survey Central Hardwoods ecoregion Forest Inventory and Analysis Habitat Suitability Index landbird National Land Cover Dataset validation verification West Gulf Coastal Plain/Ouachitas
Tirpak, John M.; Jones-Farrand, D. Todd; Thompson, Frank R., III; Twedt, Daniel J.; Baxter, Charles K.; Fitzgerald, Jane A.; Uihlein, William B., III. 2009. Assessing ecoregional-scale habitat suitability index models for priority landbirds. Journal of Wildlife Management. 73(8): 1307-1315. https://doi.org/10.2193/2008-125.