Biological Science Technician
Phone: (928) 556-2012
Fax: (928) 556-2130 or 2131
Rocky Mountain Research Station
Southwest Forest Science Complex
2500 South Pine Knoll Drive
Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Effects of Wildfire on Secondary-Cavity Nesting Songbirds in Ponderosa Pine Forests of Northern Arizona
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- Continue working for the Rocky Mountain Research Station in the field of wildlife research.
- Make important contributions to wildlife conservation and protection of our natural resources.
- Obtain a Master of Science degree in Biology, with an emphasis in wildlife or ecology.
CURRENT RESEARCH PROJECTS
- Effects of wildfire on secondary cavity-nesting (SCN) songbirds in ponderosa pine forests of northern Arizona.
- Evaluation of nest parasite load of secondary cavity-nesting songbirds in relation to different fire severities in ponderosa pine forests of northern Arizona.
ANTICIPATED OUTCOME OF CURRENT EFFORTS
- The results of the SCN research will allow managers to predict or assess the effects of fire on cavity-nesting birds by: 1) helping managers plan for the amount and quality of snags to retain in ponderosa pine forests prior to prescribed burning, and 2) providing empirical data on habitat composition and structure to aid in the development of future management plans.
- The results may also demonstrate the use of artificial bird boxes as a mitigation tool to maintain populations of at least one species following a catastrophic fire.
- The results of the nest parasite research will determine if different fire severities affect the quantity of parasites in the nest and, in turn, the overall health of the nestlings.