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Urban Bird Ecology and Conservation$
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Christopher A. Lepczyk and Paige S. Warren

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520273092

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520273092.001.0001

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A New Approach to Urban Bird Monitoring: The Tucson Bird Count

A New Approach to Urban Bird Monitoring: The Tucson Bird Count

(p.138) (p.139) Chapter Nine A New Approach to Urban Bird Monitoring: The Tucson Bird Count
Urban Bird Ecology and Conservation

Rachel E. McCaffrey

Will R. Turner

Amanda J. Borens

University of California Press

Cities are playing an increasingly important role in supporting local biodiversity, but more information on sustaining native species in these areas is needed. The Tucson Bird Count (TBC) is a program based on repeated, systematic volunteer bird surveys that represents a novel approach to monitoring urban birds, covering approximately one thousand sites throughout the Tucson, Arizona (USA), metropolitan area. Here, we explore how TBC data can be used to assess habitat relationships, focusing on Abert's towhee (Pipilo aberti). Comparisons among the local Christmas Bird Count and the two TBC programs highlight the importance of isolated habitat islands to the persistence of some species. Finally, we discuss the ability of the TBC to serve as a model for other urban bird-monitoring programs.

Keywords:   Abert's towhee, citizen science, monitoring, Pipilo aberti, Tucson, urban birds

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