Because of the high breeding densities of core forest bird species (e.g., scarlet tanagers), the South Mountain has been designated as an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society (see PA Audubon’s Birding Guide to the South Mountain). The South Mountain also provides important stopover habitat for many bird species during migration. Potential projects include:
• Identify what observational data sets are available for the South Mountain Region (e.g., BBS routes, eBird data, local Audubon Chapters) and determine how these data could be used to guide management on the Michaux State Forest.
• Monitor bird use of habitat over time on the Michaux State Forest after a prescribed burn. For example, monitoring after a prescribed burn to restore scrub oak barrens habitat.
This project is eligible for grants through South Mountain Partnership or other sources.
Contact: Aura Stauffer ([email protected])