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Legacy-funded Bird Projects, 2013

13-102: Golden Eagle Survival and Movement Ecology on Active DoD Test Ranges in the Western U.S. - Year 4 (10-102, 11-102, 12-102)
POC: Robbie Knight/Dugway Proving Ground
Synopsis: Legacy funding has advanced understanding of Golden Eagle nesting ecology in the West Desert of Utah. Nesting activity has been depressed since 2007, coinciding with widespread fire and shrub loss. Monitoring in 2011 - 2012 also suggested negative impacts of cheatgrass invasion/shrub loss on breeding eagles and prey resources. Analysis of band recovery data and feather genetics underway will provide context for local eagle breeding dynamics. However, little is known about post-fledgling survival or movements, despite the fact that this is known to be a high risk period for all birds. Similarly, winter ecology is understudied, although eagles are often locally concentrated during winter, putting them at greater risk from nearby roads, power poles, or wind turbines. We propose to advance understanding of winter and post-fledgling ecology of Golden Eagles in the West Desert through compilation of existing winter records, extensive winter surveys, and deployment of up to 22 GPS units on adults and nestlings.

13-604: Identifying Migratory Routes and Wintering Grounds of Burrowing Owls that Breed on DoD Installations throughout the western U.S. - Year 2 (12-604)
POC: Courtney Conway/Univ of ID
Synopsis: We propose to attach �GeoLocators� and satellite transmitters to 100 burrowing owls per year on numerous DoD installations throughout the western U.S. to identify their migratory routes and wintering grounds. This information will improve management for an At-Risk species that breeds on many DoD installations in the west. This is the second year of a 4-year project and one that builds upon a past Legacy project to allow full life-cycle conservation; a critical need that was identified at a recent DoD-sponsored workshop in Oregon. The project represents a large collaborative partnership among 22 organizations including the Canadian Department of National Defence and the Canadian Wildlife Service. The use of these exciting new technologies on this declining species will undoubtedly generate substantial positive media coverage that will benefit DoD and the Legacy program. The results will identify priority management needs for this declining species and help reduce conflicts with the military mission.

13-627: Coordinated Sonoran Desert Breeding Bird Monitoring - Year 2 (12-627)
POC: Edwin Juarez/Arizona Game and Fish Department
Synopsis: DoD natural resource managers and the Arizona Bird Conservation Initiative (ABCI) have developed an avian monitoring program to elucidate distribution, habitat use, and population trend for poorly-monitored species and species-at-risk in the Sonoran Desert. ABCI brings together federal and state government agencies, Native American tribes, non-governmental organizations, and private entities that share DoD�s mission-focused goals of early detection of species declines and proactive management actions to preclude listing of species under the Endangered Species Act. To date, project personnel created a robust monitoring framework and coordinated a successful, first field season (2012) during which close to 90 plots were surveyed. DoD Legacy provided funding (Project 12-627) for the 2013 field season in order to strengthen DoD�s participation in this regional effort. Here we request funds to maintain DoD�s level of participation in the third and final field season (2014) of the first round of this effort.

13-630: Evaluating Bird Population Estimates on Military Installations Across the Contiguous USA
POC: Edward Laurent/Connecting Conservation
Synopsis: American Bird Conservancy (ABC) has collaborated with USGS to estimate population sizes of priority bird species on military installations across the contiguous United States. We now propose to evaluate our estimates in two ways- 1) review the literature for habitat associations and density estimates, and 2) collaborate with installation representatives and USGS to compare our results with those derived from existing and new bird population data. The comparison of these fine scale studies with our broad scale predictions will be used to iteratively improve our population estimates, which will result in more accurate recommendations for species to monitor on istallations.

13-631: Status and Distribution Modeling of Golden Eagles on Southwestern Military Installations and Overflight Areas: assessing "take" for this sensitive species at risk - Year 2 (12-631)
POC: Michael Ingraldi/Arizona Game and Fish Department
Synopsis: The second year of this collaborative project between the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps, Army and Arizona Army National Guard will provide the necessary status and distribution information on golden eagles that will allow southwestern military installations to sustain the viability of this declining species at risk while complying with the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and maintaining vital military training opportunities. This final year of field work will enable us to capture most of the variability inherent within golden eagle nesting habitat within the expansive project area (i.e., > 9 military installations and their over flight training routes), thereby allowing for the development of a robust and applicable nesting habitat pattern recognition model that will improve the Department of Defense�s understanding of the distribution of this species within their training areas.

13-634: Establishing Regional Mentor Sites for the Management of the Cerulean Warbler and other Mature Forest Avifauna
POC: Jennifer Baldy/Kalamazoo Nature Center and Kamal Islam/Ball State University
Synopsis: This project seeks to facilitate regional management for DoD sites with Cerulean Warbler (CERW) presence, a declining species associated with high quality mature forest. During FY 2013, three sets of case studies and CERW management best practices will be developed for dissemination to sites within Bird Conservation Regions (BCR) 22, 23, and 24. A previous Legacy project, The Cerulean Warbler Atlas for Military Installations (Kalamazoo Nature Center 2009-2012) surveyed installations to identify CERW presence on their sites. Presence was verified at 81, and another 114 contained mature forest habitat. Positive CERW identifications were made in 10 BCRs. Sites within each BCR, with successful management for this species are selected to provide a model for sites which may have only recently gained knowledge of CERW presence, and others managing mature forest.

13-638: Avian monitoring data acquisition and permanent archival
POC: Richard Rischer/US Army ERDC-EL
Synopsis: This project will build upon a template developed during 2008-2009 designed to acquire data from military installations, properly format those data, and then transfer to USGS for archiving in the Coordinated Bird Monitoring (CBM) Database.