Assessing Patterns of Abundance and the Influence of Habitat Features and Scale on Birds in an Urban Environment

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Title:
Assessing Patterns of Abundance and the Influence of Habitat Features and Scale on Birds in an Urban Environment
Author:
McCaffrey, Rachel
Issue Date:
2009
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
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Abstract:
My doctoral research focused on birds in the urban environment of Tucson, Arizona. Urban environments present unique challenges and opportunities for ecological research and conservation, and my work illustrates these aspects. From 2003-2008, I coordinated the Tucson Bird Count (TBC), a citywide bird survey program conducted by volunteer birders. My work with the TBC suggests that citizen-scientists may represent a valuable resource for ecologists because they can collect data over large scales and/or time periods. However, the environmental changes induced by humans in urban areas can also have significant negative impacts on native wildlife. My research indicates that for many native bird species, these impacts can be reduced through the actions of individual homeowners, neighborhood groups, and city and regional planners and managers. In working to maintain these species, it is important to consider both the specific habitat features important for each species, as well as the scale at which the species respond to these features.
Type:
text; Electronic Dissertation
Keywords:
birds; scale; Tucson; urban
Degree Name:
Ph.D.
Degree Level:
doctoral
Degree Program:
Natural Resources; Graduate College
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Mannan, R.W.
Committee Chair:
Mannan, R.W.

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dc.language.isoENen_US
dc.titleAssessing Patterns of Abundance and the Influence of Habitat Features and Scale on Birds in an Urban Environmenten_US
dc.creatorMcCaffrey, Rachelen_US
dc.contributor.authorMcCaffrey, Rachelen_US
dc.date.issued2009en_US
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractMy doctoral research focused on birds in the urban environment of Tucson, Arizona. Urban environments present unique challenges and opportunities for ecological research and conservation, and my work illustrates these aspects. From 2003-2008, I coordinated the Tucson Bird Count (TBC), a citywide bird survey program conducted by volunteer birders. My work with the TBC suggests that citizen-scientists may represent a valuable resource for ecologists because they can collect data over large scales and/or time periods. However, the environmental changes induced by humans in urban areas can also have significant negative impacts on native wildlife. My research indicates that for many native bird species, these impacts can be reduced through the actions of individual homeowners, neighborhood groups, and city and regional planners and managers. In working to maintain these species, it is important to consider both the specific habitat features important for each species, as well as the scale at which the species respond to these features.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Dissertationen_US
dc.subjectbirdsen_US
dc.subjectscaleen_US
dc.subjectTucsonen_US
dc.subjecturbanen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineNatural Resourcesen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineGraduate Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorMannan, R.W.en_US
dc.contributor.chairMannan, R.W.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberRosenzweig, Michaelen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberShaw, Williamen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberLivingston, Margareten_US
dc.identifier.proquest10225en_US
dc.identifier.oclc659750823en_US
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