Great Salt Lake Waterbird Survey : Five-Year Report (1997-2001)
Title:Great Salt Lake Waterbird Survey : Five-Year Report (1997-2001)
Alternative Title:UDWR Publication Number 08-38
Creator:Paul, Don S.; Manning, Ann E.
Contributor:Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Project
Publisher:Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Project
Agency:Wildlife Resources; Utah Natural Resources; Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Program
Date Published:2002
Pages:321 p.
Description:The Great Salt Lake (GSL) Waterbird Survey (WBS) is a five-year study (1997-2001) that examines the relationships of migratory waterbirds with the GSL ecosystem through the spring, summer and fall seasons, between years, and across a variety of habitats. An important part of this ecosystem is the dynamic lake elevation, which during the study period ranged from 4199.3' to 4204.6' above sea level (ASL). This shift in water level causes dramatic changes in the availability and quality of habitat used by more than 55 species of waterbirds. During the study the high lake elevation was in 1999. As a result, many stands of emergent vegetation were inundated with lake water, and became salt burned. As the lake receded to its lowest point during the study period in 2001, extensive mud bars void of vegetation were exposed. For five years researchers completed counts of waterbirds at GSL every ten days from April through September. The counts included the following families: Gaviidae, Podicipedidae, Pelecanidae, Phalacrocoracidae, Ardeidae, Threskiornithidae, Anatidae, Rallidae, Gruidae, Charadriidae, Recurvirostridae, Scolopacidae, Laridae. Avian use of the GSL ecosystem was measured by bird use days (one bird use day equals one bird spending 24 hours within the study area during the study period). The five-year mean bird use days is 86,752,258. Bird use days for all GSL survey areas combined were lowest during the high water year (1999).
Type (DCMI):Text
Type (Utah):Report
Internet Media Type:application/pdf
Topic:Natural resources
Subject (LCSH):Bird watching; Waterfowl; Wildlife conservation; Wildlife watching; Habitat (Ecology); Birds; Birds--Migration; Water birds; Waterfowl--Migration; Bird refuges; Bird surveys; Wildlife viewing sites; Birding sites; Wildlife management; Salt lakes
Place:Great Salt Lake, Box Elder County, Utah, United States,, 41.16266, -112.53491
Rights:The Utah State Library Division considers state publications made available by state agencies and political subdivisions as required by Utah Code Ann. § 9-7-201 to 9-7-209 to be in the public domain under U.S. copyright law (17 U.S.C.). All informational materials in this government publication are in the public domain, and as such, are not restricted by copyright law unless otherwise stated.
Collection:Utah State Publications
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