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    Paige, L.C. 2005. Bird Survey of Riparian and Wetland Areas. Ravenworks Ecology. Stevensville, MT.

    Abstract: In 2005, Christine Paige repeated a riparian bird survey of 13 point count transects along 10 streams in the Pioneer Mountain foothills. Paige followed the survey protocol laid out by Marks (2001, 2002) which was based on standardized point count methods used by the Northern Region Landbird Monitoring Program. According to Paige, the riparian habitats within the study area appear to be in relatively healthy condition with diverse plant communities, age classes and vegetation structure. Those areas that have been degraded by past management show signs of recovery. This data provides a snapshot of the riparian birds occurring on the ranch. The riparian bird community is relatively diverse, and the most frequently encountered species include several species of high priority conservation concern. The data does not provide an index of changing abundances or trends, but by managing riparian areas for an abundance of cover, from grasses, forbs and shrubs to young and mature trees, the ranch will certainly promote a diverse and abundant bird community.

    The riparian species detected most frequently on point counts in 2005 are consistent with the most common species reported by Marks (2001, 2002). Yellow Warblers and American Robins are nearly ubiquitous on riparian transects, and are also two of the most visible, vocal, and easily detected species. Other species that typically use or breed in riparian areas and were common on the transects include Mourning Dove, Northern Flicker, Dusky Flycatcher, Western Wood-pewee, Warbling Vireo, American Crow, House Wren, European Starling, MacGillivray

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    Lowe, B.S., D.J. Delehanty, and J. Connelly. 2006. Greater sage-grouse use of threetip sagebrush and a potential technique to improve population parameters. Idaho State University. Pocatello, ID.
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    Newlon, KR. and Saab, V. 2004. Influences of livestock grazing on populations and habitats of Lewis's woodpecker and other migratory landbirds breeding in aspen riparian woodlands. Rocky Mountain Research Station USFS. Bozeman, MT.
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    Newlon, K.R. 2004. Demography of Lewis's Woodpecker, breeding bird densities, and riparian aspen integrity in a grazed landscape. Master's Thesis. Montana State University. Bozeman, MT.
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    Paige, L.C. 2005. Bird Survey of Riparian and Wetland Areas. Ravenworks Ecology. Stevensville, MT.
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    Rich, T. 2005. Long term changes in breeding bird populations and habitat, Laidlaw Park, Craters of the Moon National Monument, ID. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Boise, ID.
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    Rust, S.K., J.J. Miller, C.L. Coulter, A.C. Hardman, and M.C. Russell. 2005. Inventory and Assessment of Upland Vegetation: Southern Pioneer Mountain. Idaho Conservation Data Center. Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Boise, ID.
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