Avian research on Experimental Forests and Ranges: Emergent themes, opportunities, and challenges
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Forest Ecology and Management. 262: 49-52.
Since 1908, U.S. Forest Service Experimental Forests and Ranges have been dedicated to long-term inter-disciplinary research on a variety of ecological and management questions. They encompass a wide diversity of life zones and ecoregions, and provide access to research infrastructure, opportunities for controlled manipulations, and integration with other types of long-term data. These features have facilitated important advances in a number of areas of avian research, including furthering our understanding of population dynamics, the effects of forest management on birds, avian responses to disturbances such as fire and hurricanes, and other aspects of avian ecology and conservation. However, despite these contributions, this invaluable resource has been underutilized by ornithologists. Most of the Experimental Forests and Ranges have had no ornithological work done on them. We encourage the ornithological community, especially graduate students and new faculty, to take advantage of this largely untapped potential for long-term work, linkage with long-term data sets, multiple disciplines, and active forest management.
KeywordsExperimental Forests and Ranges; Ornithology; Research opportunities
Stoleson, Scott H.; King, David I.; Tomosy, Monica. 2011. Avian research on Experimental Forests and Ranges: Emergent themes, opportunities, and challenges. Forest Ecology and Management. 262: 49-52. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.foreco.2010.07.038.