Environmental Management

, Volume 12, Issue 6, pp 797–801 | Cite as

Evaluation of a guild approach to habitat assessment for forest-dwelling birds

  • Mary Bayer
  • William F. Porter


The applicability of the Habitat Evaluation Procedure (HEP) was assessed for several nongame bird species in the central Adirondack Mountains of New York. Measures for 24 avian species and 33 associated habitat variables were collected during the summers of 1985 and 1986. The accuracy of four published Habitat Suitability Index (HSI) models was examined: pileated and downy woodpeckers, black-capped chickadee, and veery. Chickadee and veery models were judged successful and were then used to predict habitat quality for respective avian foragingguild members. The HSI model/guild approach provided poor predictors of habitat quality for ubiquitous and uncommon species. Information on relative abundance within the geographic region and specific cover types must be included when designing habitat evaluations using the guild approach.

Key Words

Habitat evaluation Songbirds Guild Northern hardwood forest 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mary Bayer
    • 1
  • William F. Porter
    • 2
  1. 1.Wetlands Preservation, Inc.GeorgetownUSA
  2. 2.Faculty of Environmental and Forest BiologyState University of New York College of Environmental Science and ForestrySyracuseUSA

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