Landbird Community Monitoring
Importance / Issues
Bird communities were identified as one of the top 10 vital signs for the KLMN. Key reasons for monitoring landbirds in Network parks are (1) landbirds come under the legal mandate related to the Endangered Species Act and Migratory Bird Treaty Act; (2) they are specifically identified in the management objectives of the parks; (3) they are considered good indicators of the condition of park ecosystems because they respond quickly to changes in resource conditions; and (4) comparable regional and national datasets exist and there is a long history of monitoring landbirds within the KLMN and on adjacent lands in the Klamath region.
Crater Lake National Park
Protocol Development & Status
The Klamath Network has contracted with the Klamath Bird Observatory (KBO) to help develop the landbird monitoring protocol.
Monitor breeding landbird richness, relative abundance, and density.
Co-sample habitat parameters and integrate bird and vegetation monitoring to aid in interpretation of landbird status and trends.
Determine status and trends in demographic parameters (productivity, adult survival, and recruitment) for selected landbird species in a mixed-conifer and riparian habitat at ORCA.
Parameters to be Measured
Presence / Absence, Relative Abundance, Density, Distribution, Species Composition, Productivity Rates, Age Class, and Capture Rates.