Hotspots: Bird Survey of Mendenhall Wetlands (April 2002 to May 2003)

This report is the culmination of eighteen bird surveys conducted in the Mendenhall Wetlands, an area widely recognized as an important habitat for migrating birds.  The survey results are complimented by GIS maps, graphs, and extensive habitat descriptions.  Looking towards the future, this report also addresses concerns about habitat use and destruction in the Wetlands.

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From the Introduction:

For 14 months we conducted bird surveys on the Mendenhall Wetlands State Game Refuge. The principal goal of this survey was to document areas of the wetlands that hosted large concentrations of birds at various seasons; these areas were called ‘hotspots’ of bird activity. A secondary goal was a rough comparison of present bird abundances with those recorded by Cain et al. (1988), using different methods. A third goal, which emerged as we were conducting the bird surveys, was a synopsis of bird phenology on the wetlands, showing seasonal patterns of use.