Islands of coastal Alabama provide important habitat for birds that nest in large colonies such as wading birds, terns, shorebirds, and Brown Pelicans (Pelecanus occidentalis). Because coastal development and severe weather (e.g., hurricanes) can significantly impact the size, desertion rates, and/or establishment of bird colonies, regular monitoring of populations on nesting islands is important to help conserve and manage colonial nesting species. This report presents baseline information from monitoring efforts conducted during the breeding season of 2007 on seven islands on the Alabama coast. The objectives of the study were to identify colonial nesters and to obtain population estimates.
Author: Orin J. Robinson and John J. Dindo
Volume Number: 54 Year Published: 2008
Issue Number: 2
Page Number: 37
Link to article: http://birdlife.aosbirds.org/2008/Vol 54 No 2 2008_p37-43.pdf
Link to the full issue of BirdLife: http://birdlife.aosbirds.org/2008/Vol 54 No 2 2008.pdf