Baltimore Ecosystem Study Institute of Ecosystem Studies

2013 BES Annual Meeting Presentation and Poster Abstracts

11 Years of Bird Monitoring in Everyday Baltimore
Rega, Christine
Co-Authors: Charles Nilon, Paige Warren, and Christine Rega

The BES Bird Monitoring Project is a breeding bird survey designed to find out what birds are found in the breeding season in Baltimore and where. The goals for our monitoring efforts include: highlighting associations among block group socioeconomic variables; land cover, land use, and habitat features with breeding bird abundance; and to provide information for land managers on possible consequences of land use changes on bird communities. In this poster, we review the data collected over the past 11 years, current projects associated with the long-term point count data, and plans for future experiments. There are 132 point count locations throughout Baltimore City which we are continuing to monitor annually. From those surveys, we have recorded 97 species, with over 25,823 observations. Approximately 78 of these species are assumed to be breeding in Baltimore. Previous BES research has also identified at least 4 distinct urban bird communities in Baltimore, including two communities associated with distinct residential landscape types: mature trees and open-but-shrubby neighborhoods (Nilon et al. 2009). Future research will focus on avian community structure in vacant lots, overwintering birds of Baltimore, avian body condition patterns in the urban landscape, and nest success patterns.