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Songbird Responses to Regenerating Seismic Lines in the Boreal Forest

  • Author / Creator
    Lankau, Hedwig Erika Gertraude
  • I investigated how songbirds respond to seismic lines as the vegetation cover on lines regenerates and how long seismic line effects on songbirds persist. I found that line age was poorly correlated with natural vegetation recovery and that after an initial increase in recovery after 20 years the mean recovery state of lines did not change. Few bird species showed strong negative responses to young, open seismic lines and changes in relative abundance were generally greater on seismic lines with dense shrubby regrowth. Species richness of birds tended to increase on lines in the early stages of recovery and return toward levels seen in the forest as seismic lines recovered. Ovenbirds responded to seismic lines for multiple reasons. Bare lines were excluded by Ovenbirds because they lacked leaf litter and protective cover. Lines were also excluded as they regenerated because Ovenbirds used them as landmarks between neighbouring territories.

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  • Graduation date
    2014-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Science
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R3ZT2K
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Biological Sciences
  • Specialization
    • Ecology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Bayne, Erin (Biological Sciences)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • MacKenzie, M Derek (Renewable Resources)
    • Nielsen, Scott (Renewable Resources)