The Importance of Corps of Engineers Lands to Migrating and Breeding Birds
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER VICKSBURG MS
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This technical note is a product of the Ecosystem Management and Restoration Research Program EMRRP work unit titled Improved Methods for Ecosystem-Based Habitat Management at Corps Projects. The objective of the work unit is to provide appropriate technology on managing wildlife species and their habitats using ecosystem-based strategies. The emphasis is on methods that improve natural resources for a variety of animals rather than a single species. Birding is one of the fastest growing recreational activities in the United States. The economic impacts associated with this recreational activity on local communities have only recently been recognized. This technical note addresses the Corps role in bird conservation, the potential economic impacts of birding, and how the Corps might increase public awareness of projects as recreational sites for birding. This technical note also provides information for developing and incorporating bird conservation concerns into management plans for Corps lands.