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National parks are charged with monitoring wildlife and evaluating the effects of park visitors on sensitive species. This can be challenging, though, particularly when it comes to avian communities. Sampling programs often involve multiple species, each with different behaviors, habitat requirements and detectability. In a study in the September issue of the Wildlife Society Bulletin, researchers built a model to describe the status of waterbirds in Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska and assess what effects area closures had on them.
Other studies look at the influence of deer hunting and residual stand structure on tree regeneration in deciduous forests, the effect of lure on detecting mammals with camera traps and milkweed establishment in restored prairies in central Missouri.
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