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Abstract of FII Project R2003-203

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Identification of nesting habitat, and population dispersal, of Marbled Murrelets: final report

Author(s): Lank, David B.
Imprint: Vancouver, B.C. : Simon Fraser University, 2003
Subject: Marbled Murrelet, British Columbia, Habitat
Series: Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Forest Science Program


Marbled Murrelets (Brachyramphus marmoratus) are an identified wildlife species dependent on old-growth forests, with threatened status in BC. We have (1) described attributes of trees and stands, that murrelets utilise, and measured nesting success, (2) tested the fit of a habitat suitability model for Clayoquot Sound, (3) made progress towards validating practical guidelines for using airphoto interpretation to help identify suitable potential reserve sites, (4) generated new data and initially tested relationships between radar indices of murrelet abundance at a watershed level and landscape variables in SW Vancouver Island, (5) assembled additional data for testing between radar indices of murrelet abundance and landscape variables at a provincial level, a and (6) documented post-breeding dispersal from a known nesting location. This work directly aids forest companies, provincial ministries (Forests; Water, Land and Air Protection, and Sustainable Resource Management), and the Marbled Murrelet Recovery Team meet economic goals and conservation responsibilities in refining IWMS guidelines and meeting COSEWIC requirements with respect to Marbled Murrelet management.
David B. Lank...[et al.]

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