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Sierra Nevada Avian
Monitoring Information Network


Point Blue's Sierra Nevada Avian Monitoring in Post-Wildfire Habitats


This website, hosted by the California Avian Data Center (CADC) at Point Blue Conservation Science, will give users quick and easy access to data generated by avian monitoring projects in the Sierra Nevada.

In 2009 we expanded an existing project to address important questions related to fire and its management. The primary objective of this study is to assess the influence of post-fire conditions on spatial and temporal variation in bird abundance, and to use this information to inform forest management practices that can maintain avian diversity across multiple spatial scales. Our study currently encompasses eight fires: the 52,000 acre Storrie Fire that burned in the Fall of 2000, the 7700 acre Freds Fire and the 18,000 acre Power Fire that both burned in the Fall of 2004, the 65,000 acre Moonlight Fire that burned in the Fall of 2007, the 15,000 acre Cub Fire and 21,000 acre Government Fire that both burned in the Summer of 2008, the 75,000 acre Chips Fire that burned in the Summer of 2012, and the 257,000 acre Rim Fire that ignited in the Summer of 2013. These fires burned at varying elevations (3000 - 6000 feet) and through primarily ponderosa pine, mixed conifer and true fir vegetation communities but with varying intensity patterns.

Data from the most recent field season are incorporated into this site within several months of it being collected. The analyses and output that are available include: locations viewable on a map or in raw formats, effort and sample summaries, density estimates, species richness, and occupancy. These analyses can be generated at targeted study areas of interest from the Plumas and Lassen National Forests. To get started, please select either the Explore Project Results or View Study Locations tabs above and follow the step-by-step instructions. fire