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Using Birds to Guide and Evaluate Tidal Marsh Restoration in San Francisco Bay

Organization: PRBO Conservation Science
2005 Grant Recipient - San Francisco County


In 2006 and 2007, PRBO surveyed 10 tidal marsh sites in Central and South San Francisco Bay.

This study helped PRBO Conservation Science provide scientific findings to restoration managers on habitat characteristics that will sustain populations of birds and other wildlife. Their guidance to planners and managers will improve tidal marsh restoration design and evaluation with benefits for wildlife populations dependent on San Francisco Bay Estuary wetland habitats.

These results were integrated within their San Francisco Bay wetland conservation site assessment portal. By relating bird use with wetland habitat characteristics and the surrounding landscape, this information helps restoration planners and land managers address the conservation needs of wetland birds.


Contact for the Project

Dr. Grant Ballard
San Francisco Bay Group (Acting) Director,
PRBO Conservation Science
Phone: (707) 781-2555 ext. 340
E-mail: GBallard@prbo.org
Website: www.prbo.org/sfbayslr

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With data on 5 tidal marsh bird species, PRBO used Zonation software to prioritize sites for conservation and restoration that will promote long-term persistence of the tidal marsh bird community as a whole in the context of rising sea level over the next 100 years. The higher the score (and darker the color), the higher the rank for for conservation and restoration.

San Francisco Estuary tidal marsh regions (Suisun, San Pablo, and San Francisco Bays) and avian survey sites used in the analysis for Clapper Rail and for the other four tidal marsh bird species.

Last modified: 8/10/2012 4:47 PM by S. Haren

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