The goal of our work at the Natural Resources Research Institute
(University of Minnesota Duluth) and our collaborators, the Minnesota
Department of Natural Resources, and three national forests in
this region (Chippewa and Superior in Minnesota and the Chequamegon
in Wisconsin) is to sustain forest resources and bird diversity
in western Great Lakes forests.
Our approach for meeting this objective includes:
An extensive, long-term monitoring program with over 1600
off-road sampling points designed to track regional population
trends and investigate the response of forest birds to regional
land use patterns.
Intensive field studies designed to describe bird-habitat
relationships and identify factors responsible for observed
Use of geographic information system (GIS) techniques to
spatially and temporally relate distribution and abundance
of forest birds to forest habitat features at the stand
and landscape levels.
and Management. Dissemination of research findings and
development of educational and management tools to promote
forest bird conservation.