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Wednesday, January 27 • 11:00am - 11:20am
Breeding Bird and Plant Associations With Urban Residential Land Management Practices in Columbia, Missouri

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AUTHORS: Eric Fishel*, Charles Nilon, Robert Pierce – University of Missouri

ABSTRACT: Climate change can impact how residents of Columbia, Missouri adapt their land management practices in response to changing conditions. These management practices influence the values residents place on their land, the biodiversity associated with the residential land use, and ultimately their well-being. The goal of our research, associated with the Missouri EPSCOR project, is to enhance our ability to model and determine to the local effects of climate change in Missouri, and to improve our capability to deliver science-based information which benefits the residents of Columbia. To achieve these goals we hope to answer the following questions: What are current land use practices of residents in Columbia, Missouri? How might residents alter land management due to changing climate? What are the potential impacts to the plant and animal community resulting from land management strategies? We are conducting avian and vegetation surveys along 100 transects in Columbia neighborhoods, and are surveying how residents manage their yards. Our first year's data has resulted in an improved understanding how management of residential urban yards effects bird communities. We plan to use this information to recommend management strategies for those wishing to promote avian use and biodiversity on their property.

Wednesday January 27, 2016 11:00am - 11:20am EST
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