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Tuesday, December 6 • 8:40am - 9:00am
Comparison Of Two Sampling Methods Used To Survey The Avian Community In Southern Appalachians Spruce-Fir Forests

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The Southern Appalachian Mountains are one of the most biodiverse regions in North America and are home to many endemic species. The region’s spruce-fir forests, comprised of Fraser fir (Abies fraseri) and red spruce (Picea rubens), occur in the high elevations (> 5500 ft.) of western North Carolina, east Tennessee and southwest Virginia. These forests provide significant habitat for many bird species, but are of special concern and are threatened due to climate change, human activity, invasive insects, and air pollution. In this project, two sampling methods were performed to survey the avian community of the Plott Balsam Mountain Range in western North Carolina to compare which method best describes that community. A comparison of the resulting point count data and transect data was determined to understand how the two survey methods differ in terms of both species richness and species evenness. Line transects detected three more species than point counts. Species evenness, calculated using Simpson’s Index of Diversity, was equal between the two methods. The surveys of this project will be used as a baseline for future studies in the regions’ spruce-fir forests.

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Tuesday December 6, 2016 8:40am - 9:00am
103 Rhoades Robinson Hall

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