Habitat Usage by Birds at the Lake Alice Wildlife Management Area Chazy, New York
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SubjectLake Alice Wildlife Management Area; forest birds; wetland birds; grassland birds; ecotone; species diversity; habitat management
The Lake Alice Wildlife Management Area (LAWMA) in northern Clinton County, New York is a popular location for birding enthusiasts. However, this study is the first comprehensive survey of bird species within major habitat types at LAWMA in more than 20 years. Birds were identified by sight and sound in four habitats at LAWMA between June 2 and July 22, 2003. Relative abundance and diversity were calculated for bird species in the forest habitat, and the forest-field, forestwetland and wetland-field ecotones. Thirty-one residential species were observed during the summer, with between 14 and 21 species per habitat type. The highest diversity indices were in the forest ecotones. Recommendations were made for habitat management projects to enhance bird species richness at LAWMA and increase the populations of bird species that are either threatened or of special concern status in New York.
Published in SUNY Plattsburgh's Scientia Discipulorum Journal of Undergraduate Research. Volume 2, issue 1, pages 1-10. 2006.