Annual Distribution of
Alligator Gar and habitat characteristics within St Catherine Creek NWR: Alligator gar are currently thriving at St. Catherine Creek NWR. The objective of this project is to determine
the important factors that support the healthy population of Alligator
Shorebird Habitat Use: This project is a larger scale project through the Lower Mississippi River
and Gulf Coast, to determine shorebird habitat use and seasonal
Occurrence: Painted Buntings are still fairly common, but their
populations have been dropping for several decades. St. Catherine Creek NWR has been recognized
as an important sight for painted buntings most likely due to the early
succession habitat available. As a
result, researchers are using St. Catherine Creek NWR as a trapping sight for
painted buntings in order to investigate and gain better knowledge of their
Bat Occurrence: Bats
are being increasingly recognized as another component of the forest
ecosystem. However, many species are
declining. Continuing to monitor bat
occurrence and habitat use will guide future forest management decisions.
Waterbird Use of
Impoundments: Managing habitat for waterbirds within the impoundments is a
key management activity. It is important
to determine the best techniques for creating quality habitat. This can be done by documenting management
activities and monitoring the plant and wildlife response. Waterbird surveys are conducted throughout
the year to determine these parameters.
Songbird Occurrence: Forest
songbirds utilize the forest mixed hardwood and bottomland forests of the
refuge, and as a result are good indicators of the forest health. Songbird occurrence will be one of the key
parameters measuring the success of any future forest management activities
such as timber thinning.
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Forest songbirds are monitored as a key indicator for the health of the local forests. Learn more about other ongoing research projects at St. Catherine Creek NWR.