Evaluating impacts of subdivision designs on bird habitats

This webinar, by Mark Hostetler, University of Florida, introduces participants to a new online evaluation tool that evaluates impacts of landscape/subdivision designs on bird habitats. The goal of the “Building for Birds” online tool is to provide decision-makers with a way to evaluate different development scenarios and how they affect habitat for different species of forest birds that use fragmented areas. This tool allows decision-makers to manipulate amounts of forest fragments (urban/rural) and tree canopy (in built areas) and determine the best designs for conserving bird habitat. This evaluation tool is most useful for developments in already fragmented landscapes, where decision-makers are trying to decide on whether to conserve tree patches or tree canopies. Associated with this is a bird list of North American species that do or do not use urban/rural forest patches and tree canopy in built areas during breeding and migration seasons. The host for this webinar is the Community Planning and Zoning Community of Practice.

Created by Anna Haines

Primary Audience: Extension Professionals