Lessons Learned from Bird Research in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve

Leader or Speaker: 
Amanda Dillon
Location of Event: 
Five Rivers Interpretive Building
December 4, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

This is the HMBC holiday party - all are welcome to bring a dessert or snack to share. No alcoholic beverages are permitted in this state facility.

Abstract: The Albany Pine Bush Preserve (APBP) protects an inland pitch pine-scrub oak barrens ecosystem, which is home to 76 New York Species of Greatest Conservation Need, of those, 43 are birds. The rarity of species that call this place home along with the high quality habitat and diversity of bird species that breed here have earned the Preserve designations as both an Audubon Important Birding Area and a NYS-DEC Bird Conservation Area. To learn more about APBP birds and bird communities, the Conservation Science Team conducts bird point count surveys at 57 points located around the Preserve, works with citizen scientists to conduct singing ground surveys of American woodcock and Eastern whip-poor-will, and runs multiple bird banding stations. The banding data are used to study demography and migration of Prairie warblers (a barrens specialist), migration patterns of fall migrants, and avian productivity and survivorship during the breeding season. The information gathered from this work has helped guide restoration and management efforts within the Preserve and continues to inform us about the efficacy of these techniques in preserving this globally rare ecosystem.

Bio: Amanda Dillon is the Field Ecologist and Entomologist at the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. She earned her Bachelor and Master of Science degrees at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Dillon is an entomologist by training and specializes in native solitary bees and wasps. Since she began working at the Albany Pine Bush in 2010, her interests have expanded to include birds and she now conducts bird point count surveys, assists in re-sighting color-banded birds and helps run the bird banding stations.