Assessment of Bird Response to the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative Using Weather-Surveillance Radar

  title={Assessment of Bird Response to the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative Using Weather-Surveillance Radar},
  author={Mason L. Sieges and Jaclyn A. Smolinsky and Michael J. Baldwin and Wylie C. Barrow and L. A. Johnson Randall and Jeffrey J. Buler},
Abstract In response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in spring 2010, the Natural Resources Conservation Service implemented the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative (MBHI) to provide temporary wetland habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl, shorebirds, and other birds along the northern Gulf of Mexico via managed flooding of agricultural lands. We used weather-surveillance radar to conduct broad regional assessments of bird response to MBHI activities within the Mississippi Alluvial… 
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