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RESTORING MONTANE MEADOWS AND OTHER RIPARIAN HABITAT
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IBP Biologist Helen Loffland describes habitat selection by Willow Flycatchers in Sierra Nevada meadow habitat during a Wildlife Society symposium in 2009 (Photo by Chris Stermer, CDFW).

Montane meadows provide important breeding and foraging habitat to many bird species in the Sierra Nevada. Unfortunately, bird habitat at many meadows in the region has been degraded by management practices that altered meadow hydrology and changed the characteristics of meadow plant communities. The good news is that both public and private land managers are realizing that meadows with well-functioning hydrology may yield multiple benefits, including increased water storage capacity, improved water quality, downstream flood attenuation, and enhanced value of habitat for wildlife.

Throughout the greater Sierra Nevada, many efforts to restore meadow habitats are planned or underway, and many of those projects will both improve water management for humans and enhance habitat for birds and other wildlife.

For more information about IBP’s work in Sierra Nevada Meadows, please contact Helen Loffland.

Photo Credits: Top of Page, Chris Stermer; Right Column, Dan Dzurisin
 

 

 

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SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Peer-reviewed Publications

Mathewson, H.A., M.L. Morrison, H.L. Loffland, and P.F. Brussard. 2012. Ecology of willow flycatchers (Empidonax traillii) in the Sierra Nevada, California: effects of meadow characteristics and weather on demographics. Ornithological Monographs 75:1-31. PDF

Siegel, R.B., R.L. Wilkerson, and D.F. DeSante. 2008. Extirpation of the Willow Flycatcher from Yosemite National Park. Western Birds 39:8-21. PDF

Bombay, H.L., M.L. Morrison, and L.S. Hall. 2003. Scale perspectives in habitat selection and animal performance for Willow Flycatchers (Empidonax traillii) in the central Sierra Nevada, California. Studies in Avian Biology 26:60-72. PDF

Other Publications and Reports

Loffland, H., and R.B. Siegel. 2015. Monitoring bird response to restoration at Indian Valley. Report to American Rivers. The Institute for Bird Populations, Point Reyes Station, CA. PDF

Strohm, K.H., and H.L. Loffland. 2015. 2015 Willow Flycatcher Surveys in the Tahoe National Forest. The Institute for Bird Populations, Point Reyes Station, CA. PDF

Campos, B.R., R.D. Burnett, H.L. Loffland, and R.B. Siegel. 2014. Evaluating meadow restoration in the Sierra Nevada using birds and their habitat associations. Report to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Point Blue Conservation Science, Petaluma, CA. PDF

Loffland, H L., and R.B. Siegel. 2014. 2014 Willow Flycatcher surveys in east-side meadows on the Tahoe National Forest. The Institute for Bird Populations, Point Reyes Station, CA. PDF

Loffland, H.L., R.B. Siegel, C. Stermer, B.R. Campos, R.D. Burnett, and T. Mark. 2014. Assessing Willow Flycatcher population size and distribution to inform meadow restoration in the Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascades. The Institute for Bird Populations, Point Reyes Station, CA. PDF

Loffland, H.L, R.B. Siegel, and R L. Wilkerson. 2013. Assessing the effects of meadow restoration on bird populations in the greater Sierra Nevada: report for the 2012 field season. Report to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The Institute for Bird Populations, Point Reyes Station, CA. PDF

Loffland, H.L., and R.B. Siegel. 2013. Using bird monitoring to inform meadow restoration at Ackerson Meadow. Report to American Rivers. The Institute for Bird Populations, Point Reyes Station, CA.

Loffland, H.L., R.B. Siegel, and R.L. Wilkerson. 2013. Assessing the effects of meadow restoration on bird populations in the greater Sierra Nevada: report for the 2012 field season The Institute for Bird Populations, Point Reyes Station, CA.

Loffland, H.L., and R.B. Siegel. 2012. Using bird monitoring to inform meadow restoration at Hope Valley. Report to American Rivers. The Institute for Bird Populations, Point Reyes Station, CA. PDF

Loffland, H.L, R.B. Siegel, and R L. Wilkerson. 2011. Pre-restoration bird surveys at meadows on Sierra National Forest and Sequoia National Park. The Institute for Bird Populations, Point Reyes Station, CA. PDF

Loffland, H.L, R.B. Siegel, and R L. Wilkerson. 2011. Pre-restoration bird surveys at meadows on the east slope of the Tahoe National Forest and Plumas National Forest. The Institute for Bird Populations, Point Reyes Station, CA. PDF

Loffland, H.L, R.B. Siegel, and R L. Wilkerson. 2011. Pre-restoration bird surveys at meadows on the Eldorado and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests and nearby lands managed by the State of California. The Institute for Bird Populations, Point Reyes Station, CA. PDF

Loffland, H.L, R.B. Siegel, and R L. Wilkerson. 2011. Pre-restoration bird surveys at meadows on the west slope of the Tahoe National Forest. The Institute for Bird Populations, Point Reyes Station, CA. PDF

Loffland, H.L, R.B. Siegel, and R L. Wilkerson. 2011. Pre-restoration bird surveys on meadows of Modoc National Forest, Ash Creek State Wildlife Area, and nearby private lands. The Institute for Bird Populations, Point Reyes Station, CA. PDF

Loffland, H.L, R.B. Siegel, and R L. Wilkerson. 2011. Pre-restoration bird surveys on meadows of Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park. The Institute for Bird Populations, Point Reyes Station, CA. PDF

Loffland, H.L., R.B. Siegel, and R L. Wilkerson. 2011. Avian monitoring protocol for Sierra Nevada meadows: a tool for assessing the effects of meadow restoration on birds. Version 1.0. The Institute for Bird Populations, Point Reyes Station, CA. PDF

Siegel, R.B., R.L. Wilkerson, and D.F. DeSante. 2007. Determining the status and distribution of Willow Flycatcher in Yosemite National Park. Report to Yosemite National Park. The Institute for Bird Populations, Point Reyes Station, CA.

Bombay, H.L., T.M. Benson, B.E. Valentine, and R.A. Stefani. 2003. A willow flycatcher survey protocol for California. U.S.D.A. Forest Service. PDF

Siegel, R.B., R.L. Wilkerson, and D.F. DeSante. 2003. A rapid, inexpensive field protocol for assessing the importance of montane meadows to breeding and post-breeding birds, and a test of the late season protocol. Riparian Habitat and Floodplains Conference Proceedings, Riparian Habitat Joint Venture, Sacramento, CA. In: California Riparian Systems: Processes and Floodplains Management, Ecology, and Restoration. PDF

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