Relationships Between Land Cover and the Abundance of Breeding Birds Recorded Along Florida's Breeding Bird Survey Routes

A map of land cover derived from Landsat Thematic Mapper data was used to quantify land cover characteristics around Florida Breeding Bird Survey Routes. Abundances of 54 species of birds were compared with land cover characteristics. Approximately 15 species showed biologically meaningful correlations, and in some cases the variation explained by land cover characteristics was quite large (e.g., >40%). There were also several anomalous correlations. Although Landsat data can be used to identify the habitat features sought by some species, more detailed information is needed for many species of nongame birds. Developing standardized procedures for collecting and processing habitat information along Breeding Bird Survey routes should be a top priority.

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