National Park Service

Eastern Rivers and Mountains Network (ERMN)

Streamside Bird Monitoring

Ovenbirds are frequently encountered in the ERMN
Ovenbirds are frequently encountered in the ERMN

Protocol Documents

Summary Reports

Journal Articles

Vital Signs

Breeding Birds, Riparian Birds, Louisiana Waterthrush

Rationale

Birds are an important component of park ecosystems, have been extensively studied, and exhibit numerous characteristics that support their use as cost-effective ecological indicators. Moreover, birds are a high profile group with wide public interest and many parks provide information on the status and trends of the park’s avian community through their interpretive materials and programs. “Streamside birds” refers to the breeding bird community surrounding streams. The area sampled in this protocol is along the park streams which are typically forested including a closed canopy over the stream. Therefore the streamside bird community sampled is largely synonymous with and comparable to what other monitoring programs refer to as “forest birds”, “breeding birds”, and “land birds”. The important difference, and the purpose of including the term “streamside”, is not the bird community per se, rather that the physical area sampled is limited to the land area surrounding streams in each park.

Monitoring Effort

all ERMN parks except Upper Delaware SRR and Johnstown Flood NMem

Monitoring Objectives

  • Estimate occupancy, density, and/or indices of abundance annually for select bird species and guilds at the park (target stream network) and stream reach scale;
  • Estimate trends among years in occupancy, density, and/or indices of abundance for select bird species and guilds at the park (target stream network) and stream reach scale;
  • Calculate the Bird Community Index of biotic integrity annually at the park (target stream network) and stream reach scale; and
  • Compare trends in occupancy, density, and/or indices of abundance for select bird species and guilds within ERMN parks to regional and continental trends.

For more Information contact:

  • Matt Marshall, Program Manager, Eastern Rivers and Mountains Network

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