Brown-headed Nuthatch  and Eastern Bluebird in Everglades National Park

A reintroduction program was initiated to develop and implement translocation techniques aimed at restoring viable populations of Brown-headed Nuthatches and Eastern Bluebirds to Everglades National Park. The reintroduction was considered a test of the progress made in ecosystem restoration resulting from recovery from logging and the introduction of a natural fire regime implemented through prescribed burning.

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Caribbean Conservation

Ecostudies conducted two research projects in the Caribbean:

Conservation of Bahama Brown-headed Nuthatch
Only four Islands in The Bahamas support Caribbean Pine forest, and on only one – Grand Bahama Island – can you find the Bahamas Brown-headed Nuthatch. Ecostudies research focused on estimating the abundance of this rare species and determining its taxonomic status.

Andros Island – Bird inventory and assessment
In 2010, Ecostudies Institute conducted a rapid ecological assessment of avian communities and their habitats on Andros. Our goal was to identify areas of significant conservation value for a Land and Sea Use Plan that will help guide future development on the island.

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Dunlin Habitat Use and Diet in Puget Sound

Ecostudies Institute, in collaboration with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and support from many organizations, initiated a study in two large estuaries in north Puget Sound to determine what habitats shorebirds use and in which habitats they feed.

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Farming for Wildlife

Farming for Wildlife was a pilot project of The Nature Conservancy aimed at providing shorebird habitat on farmland in western Washington State. In 2006, Ecostudies Institute designed and executed a 4-year study on 3 private farms that investigated the effect of three agricultural practices (flooding, grazing, and haying) on soils, weeds, invertebrates and shorebirds. The project was conducted in the Skagit River delta, WA.

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Fire Effects on Birds in Pine Rocklands

From 2005 – 2008, Ecostudies Institute, through grants from the Joint Fire Science Program and Everglades National Park, conducted a study of how plants, breeding birds, and wintering birds in pine rocklands responded to variation in fire and water levels.

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Habitat Use by Waterbirds in the Skagit River Delta

From 2002-2004, Ecostudies Institute, in collaboration with the Skagit River System Cooperative and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, conducted a study to explore the relationship between estuarine habitats and waterfowl and shorebird populations in the Greater Skagit River delta.

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Inventory and Monitoring of Secretive Marsh Birds

In 2013, Ecostudies conducted a pilot study that implemented the first ever standardized marsh bird surveys in Everglades National Park. Secretive marsh birds are among the most inconspicuous group of birds in North America, in part, because they inhabit emergent wetlands characterized by dense vegetation and they vocalize infrequently.

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Mangrove Cuckoo – Ecology and Seasonal Movements

Ecostudies began studying the ecology and life history of Mangrove Cuckoos (Coccyzus minor) at J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge in 2012. Using miniature radio-transmitters, we tracked individuals throughout the year so as to better understand their habitat requirements and seasonal movements. We tracked cuckoos on the ground, by boat, and from the air.

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Regional Monitoring of Mangrove Landbirds

In 2011, Ecostudies Institute, in partnership with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Park Service, completed a 4-year study of the birds that breed in Florida’s mangrove forests. We estimated the abundance and mapped the distribution of mangrove landbirds, quantified habitat associations, and produced a series of recommendations for implementing a long-term monitoring protocol for mangrove landbirds.

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Road Ecology

Ecostudies worked with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) to identify important wildlife-crossing areas along the state’s network of roads and highways. The results of the study helped to identify “hot spots” allowing for targeted and efficient use of mitigation measures.

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White-breasted Nuthatch in South Puget Sound

Ecostudies Institute and the American Bird Conservancy worked to reestablish the Slender-billed White-breasted Nuthatch to South Puget Sound, where it was formerly common. This project improved the conservation status of the nuthatch in the region, drew needed attention to the conservation of oak-prairie habitats, and highlighted the value and effectiveness of landbird reintroductions as a field-tested conservation tool.

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Wild Turkey in Everglades National Park

In the fall of 1999, Ecostudies Institute, Everglades National Park, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the National Wild Turkey Federation initiated a program to reintroduce turkeys to ENP. Twenty-nine Wild Turkeys (22 females; 7 males) were released in January 2000. A second release of 31 turkeys (20 females, 10 males) was conducted in January 2006. Ecostudies monitored the population using radio-telemetry, camera surveys, and personal observations until 2009.

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