Species of Concern Projects

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Bald Eagle

  • Virginia breeding Bald Eagle survey (1956 – present)
  • EagleTrak
  • Estimating the social burden of Bald Eagle management within the lower Chesapeake Bay
  • Estimating potential interactions between Bald Eagles and electrical hazards in the upper Chesapeake Bay
  • Influence of age on reproductive performance in the Bald Eagle
  • Delineating Bald Eagle communal roosts within the upper Chesapeake Bay using satellite tracking
  • Influence of salinity on Bald Eagle diet and brood provisioning in the lower Chesapeake Bay
  • Influence of salinity on the distribution of Bald Eagles within the lower Chesapeake Bay
  • Determinants of chick growth in Bald Eagles of the lower Chesapeake Bay
  • Implications of conspecific intrusion rates in Chesapeake Bay Bald Eagles
  • Investigation of dispersal in Bald Eagles using satellite transmitters
  • Bald Eagle use of Cat Point Creek on the Rappahannock River (2009-2011)
  • Survey of breeding Bald Eagles on Indian Head, Dahlgren Naval Weapons Station, and Patuxent Naval Air Station (2010 – present)
  • Investigating the impact of Deep Horizon oil spill on breeding Bald Eagles within the Gulf of Mexico
  • Use of communal roosts and shorelines by Bald Eagles along the lower Susquehanna River
  • Investigating reproductive rates and contaminant loads in Bald Eagles nesting on Indian Head, MD (2009-2011)
  • Evaluating the biological consequences of Bald Eagle nest loss and removal
  • Estimating fish demand by the Bald Eagle breeding population within the Chesapeake Bay
  • Investigation of Bald Eagles within the James and York River concentration areas
  • Investigation of Bald Eagles on Lake Gaston, NC
  • Survey and monitoring the Bald Eagle breeding population on Fort Pickett, Virginia
  • Aerial surveys for Bald Eagles within proposed sites for outlying landing felds in southeastern Virginia
  • Investigation of breeding Bald Eagles within the Piedmont of Virginia
  • Biological assessment of potential impacts of Virginia route 624 bridge replacement on Bald Eagles.
  • Delineation of Bald Eagle winter and summer concentration areas in the lower Chesapeake Bay
  • Investigating Bald Eagle response to human disturbance on park service lands
  • Analysis of Bald Eagle mortality rates on Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD
  • Investigation of Bald Eagle parental roles using video-monitoring of nests
  • The influence of boat disturbance on Bald Eagles within the James River Concentration Area
  • Bald Eagle investigations on Lake Gaston and Roanoke Rapids Reservoirs
  • Investigations shoreline use and conflicts within the James River Bald Eagle Concentration Area (1980 – present)
  • Development and implementation of a habitat suitability model for breeding Bald Eagles in coastal Virginia
  • Estimating nest turnover rates for Bald Eagles within the lower Chesapeake Bay
  • Mercury loads in Chesapeake Bay Bald Eagles assessed using shed feathers
  • Factors contributing to Bald Eagle electrocutions on Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
  • Use of turtles by breeding Bald Eagles within the Chesapeake Bay
  • Body size and sexual dimorphism in Chesapeake Bay Bald Eagles
  • Bald eagle productivity and contaminant monitoring at Naval Support Facility Indian Head, Maryland
  • Preassessment of injury to Bald Eagles from the Deepwater Horizon (MC 252) Oil Spill
  • Bald eagle nest, roost and foraging area monitoring at Exelon’s Conowingo and Muddy Run Reservoirs
  • Investigating Bald Eagles at Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant, MD
  • Evaluating the biological consequences of Bald Eagle nest loss and removal
  • Environmental contaminants in blood, feathers, and eggs of Bald Eagles on Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
  • An assessment of the Bald Eagle population along Claytor Lake, Virginia
  • Quantifying ownership and legislative refugia for Bald Eagles within the Chesapeake Bay
  • Use of introduced and native catfish species by breeding Bald Eagles within the Chesapeake Bay
  • Use of anadramous fish by Bald Eagles in the Chesapeake Bay: A stable isotope investigation
  • Seasonal variation in habitat use by Bald Eagles within the upper Chesapeake Bay

Peregrine Falcon

Red-cockaded Woodpecker

Black Rail

  • Status and distribution of Black Rails in Virginia
  • Eastern Black Rail conservation and management working group
  • Historic distribution of Black Rails in eastern North America
  • Status assessment and conservation action plan for the eastern Black Rail across the Northeast Region

Osprey

  • OspreyTrak: Investigating migration routes of Chesapeake Bay Osprey using satellite tracking
  • OspreyWatch
  • Status and distribution of Osprey in the Chesapeake Bay (1995-1996)
  • Osprey population monitoring and management in Virginia (1970 – 1991)
  • Influence of salinity on Osprey growth rates in the lower Chesapeake Bay
  • Substrate use by nesting Osprey within the Chesapeake Bay
  • Influence of salinity on Osprey diet during the breeding season
  • Site fidelity and demography of Osprey in the Chesapeake Bay
  • Investigating the impact of Deep Horizon oil spill on breeding Ospreys within the Gulf of Mexico
  • Estimating fish demand by the Osprey breeding population within the Chesapeake Bay
  • Re-establishing an Osprey breeding population in Ohio (1996-2001)
  • Re-establishing an Osprey breeding population in Pennsylvania (1990-1996)
  • Re-establishing an Osprey breeding population in Indiana (2002-2005)
  • Preassessment of injury to Osprey from the Deepwater Horizon (MC 252) Oil Spill
  • Implications of ecological shifts by Osprey within the Chesapeake Bay
  • Influence of gender in Osprey dispersal distances in the Chesapeake Bay
  • Diet of Osprey in Mobjack Bay, Virginia (1976 – 2006)
  • Assessing winter range of Chesapeake Bay Osprey using band returns
  • Estimating survival of Chesapeake Bay Osprey using banding data
  • Nest success and productivity of Chesapeake Bay Osprey

Crowned Solitary Eagle

  • Reproductive success of Crowned Solitary Eagles in Argentina
  • Investigating dispersal in Crowned Solitary Eagles using satellite telemetry

Colonial Waterbirds

  • Distribution and abundance of colonial waterbirds in coastal Virginia (1975 – present)
         -2013 Colonial Waterbird Survey
  • Chesapeake Bay Heron Survey 2013
  • Investigating waterbirds within the upper Bay of Panama
  • Diet of Yellow-crowned Night Herons in coastal Virginia
  • Diet of Brown Pelicans and Double-crested Cormorants in the Chesapeake Bay
  • An investigation of waterbird interactions with power lines on Smith Island, Maryland
  • Breeding ecology of Glossy Ibis in Virginia
  • Breeding ecology of Yellow-crowned Night Herons in Virginia
  • Influence of human disturbance on the distribution of Great Blue Heron colonies in Virginia
  • Distribution of colonial waterbirds on the Eastern Shore of Virginia: Implications for beneficial uses of dredge material
  • Reproductive success of the common tern (Sterna hirundo) and black skimmer (Rhynchops niger) in different habitats in Virginia
  • Status of Royal Tern, Gull-billed Tern, and Black Skimmer in Maryland
  • Distribution and abundance of waterbird colonies along the PeeDee watershed of North Carolina (1999 present)
  • Dispersal and movements of some North American herons and egrets within the mid-Atlantic region
  • Influence of landscape characteristics on the distribution of Yellow-crowned Night Herons
  • Estimating fish demand by breeding populations of Brown Pelican, Double-crested Cormorants, and Great Blue Herons within the Chesapeake Bay
  • Aerial surveys for colonial waterbirds within outlying landing fields in southeastern Virginia
  • Assessing the potential impact of development on colonies of Great Blue Herons
  • Disturbance-prone species and landscape dynamics along the Virginia barrier islands
  • Investigating Waterbirds within a dynamic landscape, the Virginia barrier islands
  • Survey of Great Blue Herons on park service lands (2004-2010)
  • Islands at bay: rising seas, eroding islands, and waterbird habitat loss in Chesapeake Bay
  • Implications of sea-level rise and erosion of bay islands on colonial waterbirds
  • Survey of proposed 100kW wind turbine on Tangier Island, Virginia for colonial wading birds
  • Establishing sustainable mortality limits for waterbirds within the Atlantic Flyway
  • Potential impact of offshore wind development to waterbirds along the Atlantic Flyway
  • Survey of breeding colonial waterbirds along the Virginia Barrier Islands (1975 – 2004)

Marsh Birds

  • Projected impacts of sea-level rise on the population size of salt-marsh breeding birds within the Chesapeake Bay region
  • Composition of the Saltmarsh Sparrow complex wintering in the Chesapeake Bay region
  • Site fidelity and survivorship of Nelson’s and Saltmarsh Sparrows wintering in the Chesapeake Bay region
  • Influence of patch area on the value of marshes to breeding birds
  • Assessing the impact of Phragmites on sensitive marsh-nesting birds along the seaward margin of the Delmarva Peninsula
  • Assessing the impact of Phragmites on sensitive wintering birds along the seaward margin of the Delmarva Peninsula
  • Use of tidal fresh and oligohaline marshes by birds in the lower Chesapeake Bay
  • Response of the marsh-bird community to saltmarsh restoration
  • Survey of the coastal plain Swamp Sparrow along the Rappahannock River in Virginia
  • Influence of tidepool type on use by migratory shorebirds within the lower Chesapeake Bay
  • Use of marshes for breeding by American Oystercatchers in coastal Virginia
  • Status and distribution of breeding Northern Harriers in coastal Virginia
  • Investigation of marsh-bird community on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and Virginia
  • Substrate use by the saltmarsh bird community in the lower Chesapeake Bay
  • Status and distribution of the breeding marsh-bird community within the Chesapeake Bay
  • Use of common reed as a roost site for migrating Bobolinks
  • Status and distribution of Black Rails in Virginia
  • Density and substrate use of wetland birds in the upper Bay of Panama
  • Investigation of high-marsh breeding birds along the Albemarle Sound, North Carolina
  • Investigation of nontidal wetland bird communities in coastal Virginia
  • Bird communities within sinuseroide marshes of the lower Chesapeake Bay
  • Assessment of reproductive performance for high-marsh nesting birds in the Chesapeake Bay
  • Assessing mercury loads in Nelson’s and Saltmarsh Sparrows wintering in the Chesapeake Bay region
  • Effects of subsidence on avian communities in tidal fresh wetlands
  • Comparison between created and natural salt marshes

Grassland-Shrubland Birds

  • Active management of breeding Barn Owls in Virginia
  • American Kestrel nest box program in Virginia
  • Status and distribution of Bachman’s Sparrows in Virginia
  • Influence of habitat type and patch area on the distribution of grassland-shrubland breeding birds within the mid-Atlantic region
  • Influence of habitat type and patch area on the distribution of grassland-shrubland wintering birds within the mid-Atlantic region
  • Status and distribution of Golden-winged Warblers in Virginia
  • Variation in the ability of wintering sparrows to extract buried seeds
  • Landscape effects on the assembly of winter sparrow communities
  • Migration of shrub-dependent species on the lower Delmarva Peninsula
  • Habitat use by grassland birds during migration on the lower Delmarva Peninsula
  • Status and distribution of Bachman’s Sparrows in Southeastern Virginia
  • Investigation of grassland birds on firing ranges of Quantico Marine Base
  • Winter use of early successional habitats by birds within the Alligator River, NWR and Pocosin Lakes, NWR: Evaluating the benefit of management scenarios.
  • Investigating the general status of the Henslow’s Sparrow and other avian species in open habitats of the Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula, North Carolina.
  • An ecological-economic assessment of grassland management strategies within Colonial National Historical Park
  • Investigation of grassland/shrubland migrants on the Lower Delmarva Peninsula.
  • An investigation of the breeding-bird community within the Fort Lee Army Installation (2007)
  • Influence of landscape context on seasonal use of grassland patches by American Kestrels
  • Distribution of American Kestrels along the lower Delmarva Peninsula during fall migration
  • Use of offshore duck blinds by Barn Owls in the Chesapeake Bay
  • Diet and habitat use of Barn Owls in coastal Virginia
  • Use of nest boxes and trays by breeding Barn Owls in coastal Virginia
  • Influence of cover and food on patch use by wintering Sparrows
  • spatially-explicit management of grassland birds on DOD installations in the mid-Atlantic region using habitat assessment data
  • Impact area bird survey: An investigation of avian diversity within a large-scale active firing range
  • Avian use of early successional habitats during winter: Evaluating the benefits of alternate management scenarios
  • Development of a management plan for grassland birds within the Colonial National Historical Park
  • Beneficial uses of military grasslands: Plan development for the conservation of declining grassland birds
  • Effects of habitat selection on reproductive success in Bachman’s Sparrow
  • Influence of cover on flocking behavior in Savannah Sparrows

Forest Birds

  • Nightjar Survey Network
  • Linking Chesapeake Bay breeding population of Chuck-wills-widow to tropical wintering areas
  • Demography of Chuck-wills-widows in the Chesapeake Bay
  • Relationships between dead wood dynamics and bird communities within pine plantations
  • Landscape determinants of neotropical avian species diversity in the deciduous-coniferous ecotone
  • Home range size of Whip-poor-wills in tall pocosin habitat of North Carolina
  • Characteristics of day-time roosts of Whip-poor-wills
  • Influence of landscape context on the density and distribution of Whip-poor-wills in a managed landscape
  • Pineland management for bird species of conservation concern on DOD installations in the mid-Atlantic region
  • Investigating bird communities within Fort Lee Army Base, Virginia
  • Distribution, abundance, and habitat use by Wayne’s Black-throated Green Warbler in Virginia and North Carolina
  • Breeding bird community within hardwood forests of coastal North Carolina
  • Breeding Bird Communities of a Managed Forest Landscape in Coastal North Carolina
  • Bird community response across a forested wetland gradient
  • Influence of moonlight on detection patterns of the Whip-poor-will
  • Use of pine plantations by Worm-eating Warblers in coastal North Carolina
  • Response of brown-headed nuthatches to an understory manipuluation
  • Influence of Hurricane Hugo on the distribution of Bachman’s Sparrows in Francis Marion National Forest
  • An assessment of the breeding forest bird community within the Chickahominy River Watershed, Virginia

Shorebirds

  • Status and distribution of American Oystercatchers in Virginia (2003 – present)
  • An investigation of reproductive constraints for American Oystercatchers on Fisherman’s Island National Wildlife Refuge
  • Estimating survivorship of American Oystercatchers in Virginia using mark-resight techniques
  • Disturbance-prone species and landscape dynamics along the Virginia barrier islands
  • Investigation of Piping and Wilson’s Plover breeding populations on the Virginia Barrier Islands (1986-1998)
  • Reproductive rates of American Oystercatchers along the Virginia Barrier Islands
  • Survey of solitary beach-nesting birds along the Virginia Barrier Islands (1975 – 2004