This page provides downloadable ‘occupany maps’ for several common bird species in the Coastal Douglas Biogeoclimatic Zone of British Columbia. Details of mapping techniques and potential applications of these maps can be found in:
» Birds as indicators of ecological integrity and human influence (APB Conference presentation) (Schuster and Arcese, 2013)
» Using bird species community occurrence to prioritize forests for old growth restoration (Schuster and Arcese, 2013)
» Species distribution models: Ecological explanation and protection across space and time (Elith and Leathwick, 2009)
» Modelling regional-scale habitat of forest birds when land management guidelines are needed but information is limited (Beaudry et al., 2008)
» Replacing underperforming protected areas achieves better conservation outcomes (Fuller et al., 2010)
» Environmentally biased fragmentation of oak savannah habitat on southeastern Vancouver Island, Canada (Vellend et al., 2008)
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|Open agricultural fields with shrubs such as orchards and hedgerows.
|Any open woodland habitats including coniferous, deciduous forests and suburban areas.
|Areas near lakes, rivers, marshes and coasts with an unobstructed view of surroundings and prominent trees for roosting/nesting
|Any open habitats. Closely associated with man-made structures (especially when nesting).
|Dry, brushy areas from field thickets to openings in coniferous forests.
|Open or patchy woodlands.
|Mature forests with wet, shaded areas.
|Dense, moist forests often of oaks, pines, and Douglas fir.
|Open woodlands and/or woodland edges with grassy understory
|Mountainous terrains including coniferous forests, arid brushlands, to tundra.
|Open woodland with coniferous or mixed wood patches.
|Human settlements such as buildings, agricultural fields, and suburban woodlands.
|Dense brushy scrubs
|Mature coniferous woods such as spruce and hemlock. Usually high in the trees.
|Coniferous and mixed forests. Perch high in tall trees.
|Any patchy, brushy wooded areas. Almost always in small flocks.
|Ubiquitous; open habitats including farmland and man-made structures. Commonly seen in a flock.
|Thick brushy habitats with openings and grassy patches.
|Openings of mixed deciduous forests with think, brushy understory.
|Coastal coniferous forests and beach and shorelines from Kodiak Island, Alaska, to Puget Sound, Washington.
|Wooded areas with openings, forest edges, suburbs.
|Northern rough-winged swallow
|Open habitats with vertical surfaces and close to rivers and streams.
|Dense brushy, weedy habitats within woodlands, particularly alder and willow thickets.
|Boreal forests and their edges/openings. Always perches at the most conspicuous spot to forage.
|Open coniferous and mixed forests; might visit parks, orchards and suburban woodlands.
|Mature hardwood and coniferous forests.
|Moist, shaded coniferous and deciduous forests.
|Patchy, woody brushes and mixed deciduous forest. Do not prefer buildings.
|Coniferous, mixed, and deciduous forests.
|Open coniferous forests, riparian woods.
|Wet, marshy or brushy habitats.
|Open grassy/weedy habitats; less common in brushy areas.
|Brushy areas near water.
|Open habitats with brushy undergrowth
|Mature mixed forests.
|Mature coniferous forests.
|Open fields that are near water.
|Coniferous forests; winters in damp shaded woods.
|Open woodlands that are near water.
|Woodlands near water, particularly large cottonwood and aspen trees.
|Patchy brushy areas.
|Coniferous and deciduous forests.
|Extensive brushy forests with dense understory, usually near water.
|Damp, shaded areas of coniferous forests.
|Open coniferous forests and their edges.
|Wet, brushy areas such as willow thickets.