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Wildlife indicators of Greater Everglades restoration progress, climate change, and shifts in ecosystem services

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Project Investigator: Stephanie S. Romaņach

Project Personnel: David Tafoya, Kelsey Chambers, Matthew Hanson, Ian Bartoszek

Project Start Date: 2011 End Date: 2014

Recent Funding: (FY13) USGS GE PES, (FY12) USGS GE PES, (FY11) USGS GE PES, USFWS


Summary

Results of this study will provide information about the usage of southwest Florida's interior marshes by bird communities. Results will also allow natural resource managers to examine potential effects of restoration and climate change on wildlife under their stewardship in the context of ecosystem and landscape management planning.

This study will be carried out in two parts, coastal and upland.

The coastal research is being conducted at Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge (TTINWR) and in a comparison site in Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park (FSPSP). This project will monitor bird species assemblage in the interior marsh of TTINWR and FSPSP over time in relation to water levels, salinity, dissolved oxygen, and invertebrate prey. Bird use of the marsh will be monitored including recording numbers (by species) all birds detected, including shorebirds, wading birds, and waterfowl. Water level, salinity, and dissolved oxygen are recorded during each bird survey. Data will be collected before Picayune restoration is complete, during the restoration process, and after.

The upland research is being conducted in the Picayune Strand Restoration Project (PSRP) footprint. This project will monitor bird species assemblages in PSRP over time in relation to water levels and invertebrate prey. Bird use of the marsh will be monitored including recording numbers (by species) all birds detected at each of 22 well locations in PSRP. Data will be collected before Picayune restoration is complete, during the restoration process, and after.

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