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Accession Number 5005097

Title Painted Bunting Status in the Southeastern Atlantic Coastal United States

Project Description Background and Justification Painted Bunting research on two Atlantic coastal islands (Sapelo

Island, 1996-2000 and St. Catherines Island, 1998-1999) provided new information, which indicates

that under proper management, barrier islands can provide source or optimum breeding habitat for

the bunting. However, most of Painted Bunting's breeding habitat is found on the coastal

mainland where major landscape changes have taken place during the last 30-40 years. Loss of

habitat or habitat deterioration on the mainland may have caused losses of more than 50% of the

bunting's population since 1966 (Breeding Bird Survey, BBS). Nesting areas of the Painted

Bunting in thecoastal states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida are scattered

and reports are limited on the densities and status of Painted Bunting (limited to breeding atlas

information and other local information). Information Needs to be Addressed. Available data on

Painted Bunting breeding habitat, range, and relative densities is scattered and limited (BBS,

atlases, state surveys). A cooperative research effort is needed to provide information for recovery

of the bird's population in the southeastern Atlantic coastal states. Before that research begins,

however, a data base on the Painted Bunting is needed to provide information (preferably on GIS)

on the breeding status, densities, ranges, and threats to the species in areas thought to be ideal

for breeding habitat. Objectives: My primary objective is to gather all available data for Painted

Buntings for the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida and put it in a

Geographical Information System. In addition, our secondary objective will be to collect Painted

Bunting breeding density data using point counts (possibly double observer for detectability and

density), playback absence/presence data set), and breeding habitat conditions (threats) in these

states in a GIS format, also. Boat, vehicle (road), and walking surveys will be used. Public land

will be emphasized, but private land or wetlands adjacent to developed areas will also be surveyed

as much as possible.

Keywords gis, migratory bird, painted bunting, point counts, southeastern united states, status,

Principal Joseph M Meyers, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center:;


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