The Driftless Area plays an important role in the lives of many bird species. The Mississippi River Flyway, including the Upper Mississippi River Fish and Wildlife Refuge, is a vital migration corridor for more than half of North America’s bird species. The Refuge bisects the Driftless Area and connects it directly to global bird populations. Much of the steep, rugged landscape escaped development and continues to support some of the region’s most extensive forests, providing significant habitat opportunities for forest interior birds.
This guide was developed to provide a tool to assist management planning in heavily forested landscapes where habitat for interior forest dependent bird species is a priority. In the planning process, it is important to consider the surrounding landscape, and develop plans that include appropriate wildlife and ecosystem goals. It is also important to consider the potential results of taking no action. Management actions should be guided by a property specific plan taking into account long-term forest regeneration goals, regional habitat goals, landowner objectives, the threat of invasive non-native species, and other factors.
This document identifies forest interior habitat potential within the Driftless Area based on a model modified from Knutson et al. (2001). This model provides a simplified representation of the landscape and may not identify some sites that do provide high quality forest interior habitat. Potential interior forest habitat quality is rated in tables and regional maps that can be used to help guide planning for individual properties with reference to their landscape context.
This document attempts to integrate the best available understanding of forest interior bird habitat needs with existing silvicultural tools and knowledge. However, very little systematically gathered and analyzed information currently exists to link management actions with bird population responses over time. Management activities should, therefore, be approached in an adaptive fashion. Information gained through monitoring and experience should guide future management plans. This document will be revised as new information and understanding becomes available. The most recent version of these management recommendations can be found online at www.driftlessareainitiative.orgThis org.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Publisher||Driftless Area Initiative|
|Number of pages||54|
|State||Published - Sep 30 2008|