Habitat restoration intended to improve conditions for some bird species may be detrimental to others. For example, removing trees and shrubs to manage the habitat for grassland species may have adverse effects for shrubland birds. Designing habitat restoration to optimize benefits for native species is critical to maintaining a site’s natural heritage. Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC) needed science-based guidance for restoration and management activities.
Breeding bird populations were monitored at selected sites within the Cook County Forest Preserves. Data obtained from four years of monitoring the breeding bird community at the Poplar Creek Forest Preserve of the FPCC has helped guide restoration of sensitive wetland habitat at the site.
FPCC planned its restoration activities based on the data provided from PRI, ensuring that these activities would not harm sensitive bird species native to the area.
Contact: Chris Whelan