NEW Building for Birds Online Tool

Community Planning and Zoning September 21, 2017 Print Friendly and PDF

The Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation at the University of Florida has released a new online evaluation tool that evaluates impacts of landscape/subdivision designs on bird habitats.  The goal of the “Building for Birds” online tool is to provide decision-makers with a way to evaluate different development scenarios and how they affect habitat for different species of forest birds that use fragmented areas. This tool allows decision-makers to manipulate amounts of forest fragments (urban/rural) and tree canopy (in built areas) and determine the best designs for conserving bird habitat. This evaluation tool is most useful for developments in already fragmented landscapes, where decision-makers are trying to decide on whether to conserve tree patches or tree canopies. Associated with this is a bird list of North American species that do or do not use urban/rural forest patches and tree canopy in built areas during breeding and migration season.  Read more about the project and how to use the tool here.     

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.