Publications

Sharing information with our members, partners and other supporters is an important part of Bird Conservancy of the Rockies’ commitment to collaborative conservation. Click the tabs below to access various publications from the Bird Conservancy. Peer-reviewed and popular articles reflect the diverse work and partnerships our biologists are engaged with for management and conservation of birds and their habitats.

Peer-reviewed and popular articles

2018:

Green AW, MD Correll, TL George, I Davidson, S Gallagher, C West, A Lopata, D Casey, K Ellison, DC Pavlacky Jr., L Quattrini, AE Shaw, EH Strasser, T VerCauteren, and AO Panjabi. 2018. Using Structured Decision Making to prioritize species assemblages for conservation. Journal for Nature Conservation 45:48-57. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jnc.2018.08.003

Connell LC, JD Scasta, and LM Porensky. 2018. Prairie dogs and wildfires shape vegetation structure in a sagebrush grassland more than does rest from ungulate grazing. Ecosphere 9(8):e02390. 10.1002/ecs2.2390

Latif QS, MM Ellis, VA Saab, and K Mellen McLean. 2018. Simulations inform design of regional occupancy-based monitoring for a sparsely distributed, territorial species. Ecology and Evolution 8:1171–1185. https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.3725

2017:

Ellison K, E McKinnon, S Zack, S Olimb, R Sparks, and E Strasser. 2017. Migration and winter distribution of the Chestnut-collared Longspur. Animal Migration 4:37-50. doi:10.1515/ami-2017-0005

Pavlacky DC Jr., PM Lukacs, JA Blakesley, RC Skorkowsky, DS Klute, BA Hahn, VJ Dreitz, TL George, and DJ Hanni. 2017. A statistically rigorous sampling design to integrate avian monitoring and management within Bird Conservation Regions. PLoS ONE 12(10): e0185924. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0185924

Van Lanen NJ, AW Green, TR Gorman, LA Quattrini, and DC Pavlacky Jr. 2017. Evaluating efficacy of fence markers in reducing greater sage-grouse collisions with fencing. Biological Conservation 213:70-83. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2017.06.030Get

Titulaer M, A Melgoza-Castillo, AO Panjabi, A Sanchez-Flores, JH Martínez-Guerrero, A Macías-Duarte, JA Fernandez. 2017. Molecular analysis of stomach contents reveals important grass seeds in the winter diet of Baird’s and Grasshopper sparrows, two declining grassland bird species. PLoS ONE 12(12): e0189695. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0189695

Macías‐Duarte A, AO Panjabi, EH Strasser, GJ Levandoski, I Ruvalcaba‐Ortega,  PF Doherty, and CI Ortega‐Rosas. 2017. Winter survival of North American grassland birds is driven by weather and grassland condition in the Chihuahuan Desert. Journal of Field Ornithology 88:374-386. doi:10.1111/jofo.12226

Carver AR, JD Ross, DJ Augustine, SK Skagen, AM Dwyer, DF Tomback, MB Wunder, N Pettorelli, and A Chauvenet. 2017. Weather radar data correlate to hail‐induced mortality in grassland birds. Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation 3:90-101. doi:10.1002/rse2.41

Addison LM, SE Cameron, AM Dwyer, W Golder, S Maddock, and SH Schweitzer. 2017. Abundance, distribution, and geographic origin of non-breeding American Oystercatchers (Haematopus palliatus) in North Carolina, USA. Waterbirds 40:86-94. https://doi.org/10.1675/063.040.sp110

2016: 

Conrey RY, SK Skagen, AA Yackel Adams, AO Panjabi, and J Reynolds. 2016. Extremes of heat, drought and precipitation depress reproductive performance in shortgrass prairie passerines. Ibis 158: 614-629. doi:10.1111/ibi.12373

Hagen CA, DC Pavlacky Jr., K Adachi, FE Hornsby, TJ Rintz, and LL McDonald. 2016. Multiscale occupancy modeling provides insights into range-wide conservation needs of Lesser Prairie-Chicken (Tympanuchus pallidicinctus). Condor 118:597-612. DOI: 10.1650/CONDOR-16-14.1

Macías-Duarte A, AB Montoya, JR Rodríguez-Salazar, AO Panjabi, PA Calderón-Domínguez, and W Grainger Hunt. 2016. The imminent disappearance of the Aplomado Falcon from the Chihuahuan Desert. Journal of Raptor Research 50:211-216. https://doi.org/10.3356/rapt-50-02-211-216.1

2015:

Drum RG, CA Ribic, K Koch, E Lonsdorf, E Grant, M Ahlering, L Barnhill, T Dailey, S Lor, C Mueller, DC Pavlacky Jr., C Rideout, and D Sample. 2015. Strategic Grassland Bird Conservation throughout the Annual Cycle: Linking Policy Alternatives, Landowner Decisions, and Biological Population Outcomes. PLoS ONE 10(11):  e0142525.https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0142525

Potter KM, C Gunn, and JP Beason. 2015. Prey items of the Black Swift (Cypseloides niger) in Colorado and a review of historical data. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 127:411-420.

Mutter M, DC Pavlacky Jr., NJ Van Lanen, and R Grenyer. 2015. Evaluating the impact of gas extraction infrastructure on the occupancy of sagebrush-obligate songbirds. Ecological Applications 25:1175-1186.

2014:
Pool DB, AO Panjabi, A Macías-Duarte, and DM Solhjem. 2014. Rapid expansion of croplands in Chihuahua, Mexico threatens declining North American grassland bird species. Biological Conservation 170:274-281. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2013.12.019

2013:

Gupta S. 2013. Of sparrows and sodbusters: Western and Mexican conservationists race against time to save grasslands — and the species that depend on them. High Country News 45:16-19.

Macías-Duarte A, and AO Panjabi. 2013. Home range and habitat use of wintering Vesper Sparrows in grasslands of the Chihuahuan Desert in Mexico. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 125:755-762.

Phillips R, M West, N Saliendra, B Rundquist, and D Pool. 2013. Prediction of senescent rangeland canopy structural attributes with airborne hyperspectral imagery. GIScience & Remote Sensing 50:133-153.

Macías-Duarte A, and AO Panjabi. 2013. Association of habitat characteristics with winter survival of a declining grassland bird in Chihuahuan Desert grasslands of Mexico. The Auk 130:141-149.

Ciuzio E, WL Hohman, B Martin, MD Smith, S Stephens, AM Strong, and T VerCauteren. 2013. Opportunities and challenges to implementing bird conservation on private lands. Wildlife Society Bulletin 37:267-277.

2012:
Beason JP, C Gunn, KM Potter, RA Sparks, and JW Fox. 2012. The Northern Black Swift: migration path and wintering area revealed. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 124:1-8.

Pavlacky DC Jr., JA Blakesley, GC White, DJ Hanni, and PM Lukacs. 2012. Hierarchical multi-scale occupancy estimation for monitoring wildlife populations. Journal of Wildlife Management 76:154-162.

Bartuszevige AM, DC Pavlacky Jr., L Burris, and K Herbener. 2012. Inundation of playa wetlands in the western Great Plains relative to landcover context. Wetlands 32:1103-1113.

Pavlacky DC Jr., HP Possingham, AJ Lowe, PJ Prentis, DJ Green, and AW Goldizen. 2012. Anthropogenic landscape change promotes asymmetric dispersal and limits regional patch occupancy in a spatially structured bird population. Journal of Animal Ecology 81:940-952.

Beason J. 2012. Yellow-billed Cuckoos in Western Colorado. Colorado Birds 46:181-187.

Gunn C, KM Potter, and JP Beason. 2012. Nest microclimate at northern Black Swift colonies in Colorado, New Mexico, and California: temperature and relative humidity. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 124:797-802.

2011:
Cariveau AB, DC Pavlacky Jr., AA Bishop, and TG LaGrange. 2011. Effects of surrounding land use on playa inundation following intense rainfall. Wetlands 31:65-73.

2010:
Lock R. 2010. Best management practices for mountain plover. Colorado Renewables and Conservation Collaborative.  http://pljv.org/windandwildlife/co/downloads.php

Post van der Burg M, B Bly, T VerCauteren, and AJ Tyre. 2010. Making better sense of monitoring data from a low density species using a spatially explicit modeling approach. Journal of Applied Ecology 48:47-55.

2009:
Marcias-Duarte A, AB Montoya, CE Mendez-Gonzalez, JR Rodriguez-Salazar, WG Hunt, and PG Krannitz. 2009. Factors influencing habitat use by migratory grassland birds in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. The Auk 126: 896-905.

2008:
Levad RG, KM Potter, CW Shultz, C Gunn, and JG Doerr. 2008. Distribution, abundance, and nest-site characteristics of Black Swifts in the southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado and New Mexico. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 120: 331-338.

Bly BL, L Snyder, and T VerCauteren. 2008. Migration chronology, nesting ecology, and breeding distribution of Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus) in Nebraska. Nebraska Bird Review 76:120-128.

2007:
Hirshman SE, C Gunn, and RG Levad. 2007. Breeding phenology and success of Black Swifts in Box Canyon, Ouray, Colorado. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 119:678-685.

2006:
Hicks-Anderson T, and TL VerCauteren. 2006. Mountain Plover in the San Luis Valley. Colorado Birds 40:69-80.

2004:
Faulkner D. 2004. Glossy Ibis records for Colorado and neighboring states. Western Birds 35:147-155.

Faulkner D, and R Levad. 2004. Purple Martins found nesting in Wyoming. Purple Martin Update.

Leukering T. 2004. Writing bird descriptions: ruling out other species. Colorado Birds 38:120-127.

Leukering T, and L Semo. 2004. The 38th Report of the Colorado Bird Records Committee. Colorado Birds 38:168-183.

Leukering T, and L Semo. 2004. Report of the Colorado Bird Records Committee: 2001 Reports, Part II. Colorado Birds 38:14-21.

Lucero J, and A Cariveau. 2004. Yellow-billed Cuckoo in the San Luis Valley. Colorado Birds 38:67-69.

Rich T, C Beardmore, H Berlanga, P Blancher, M Bradstreet, G Butcher, D Demarest, E Dunn, W Hunter, E Inigo-Elias, J Kennedy, A Martell, A Panjabi, D Pashley, K Rosenberg, C Rustay, J Wendt, and T Will. 2004. Partners in Flight North American Landbird Conservation Plan. Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Ithaca, NY.

Semo L, and T Leukering. 2004. Corrigenda and additions to “Amendments to the State Review List”. Colorado Birds 38:23-28.

2002:
Corkum C, and T Toombs. 2002. Prairie Partners. NEBRASKAland 80.

Levad R, and T Leukering. 2002. Inventories of Colorado’s Great Blue Herons: 1999-2001. Colorado Birds 36: 62-71.

Rosenstock S, D Anderson, K Giesen, T Leukering, and M Carter. 2002. Landbird counting techniques: current practices and an alternative. Auk 119: 46-53.

Wood C, and L Semo. 2002. News from the field: the summer 2001 report (June-July). Colorado Birds 36:36-49.

2001:
Duberstein J. 2001. The effects of elk on nest site selection in cavity-nesting birds in Rocky Mountain National Park. Colorado Birds 35:4-12.

Gillihan S, and B Byers. 2001. Evening Grosbeak in The Birds of North America. A. Poole and F. Gill, eds. The Birds of North America, Inc. Philadelphia, PA.

Gillihan S, and M Carter. 2001. Bird Conservation Regions: the shortgrass prairie. Birding 33:546-551.

Giroir G. 2001. It’s an owl-eat-owl world. Colorado Birds 35:40.

Leukering T, R Levad, D Faulkner, and K Potter. 2001. First annual Colorado early-winter waterbird survey. Colorado Birds 35:160-176.

Leukering T, and C Wood. 2001. News from the field: summer 2000 report (June-July). Colorado Birds 35:46-61.

Levad R, and T Leukering. 2001. Found: the West Slope’s first great migrant trap. Colorado Birds 35:17-19.

VerCauteren T, and S Gillihan. 2001. Studying shortgrass birds in north-central Colorado. Birding 33:550.

VerCauteren T, S Gillihan, and S Hutchings. 2001. Distribution of Burrowing Owls (Athene cunicularia) on public and private lands in Colorado. Journal of Raptor Research 35:357-361.

2000:
Carter M, and S Gillihan. 2000. Influence of stand shape, size, and structural stage on forest bird communities in Colorado. Forest Fragmentation in the Southern Rocky Mountains. University Press of Colorado, Boulder. Pp. 271-284.

Carter M, W Hunter, D Pashley, and K Rosenberg. 2000. Setting conservation priorities for landbirds in the United States: the Partners in Flight approach. Auk 117:541-548.

Faulkner D. 2000. Birds of Lone Dome State Wildlife Area and Dolores River corridor. Colorado Birds 34: 130-143.

Gillihan S. 2000. Barbed wire fence fatal to Burrowing Owl. Colorado Birds 34:220-221.

Gillihan S. 2000. Bird conservation on golf courses: a design and management manual. Ann Arbor Press, Inc. Ann Arbor, MI.

Hutchings S. 2000. Fledgling Loggerhead Shrike impaled on cholla. Colorado Birds 34:159.

Leukering T. 2000. Ageing Green-tailed Towhees (Pipilo chlorurus) by eye color. North American Bird Bander 25:13-15.

Leukering T. 2000. Greater Scaup invade Barr Lake. Colorado Birds 34:214-216.

Leukering T. 2000. News from the field: spring 2000 report (March-May). Colorado Birds 34:228-246.

Leukering T. 2000. News from the field: the summer 1999 report (June-July). Colorado Birds 34:67-76.

Leukering T, and L Dombroski. 2000. Birds at Apishapa State Wildlife Area in north-central Las Animas County. Colorado Birds 34:10-23.

Levad R. 2000. First breeding record of Franklin’s Gull for Colorado. Colorado Birds 34:88-90.

Sealy S, A Banks, and J Chase. 2000. Two species of Warbling Vireo differ in their responses to cowbird eggs. Western Birds 31:190-194.

1999:

Giroir G. 1999. Distribution and numbers of breeding Willets (Catoptrophorus semipalmatus) in Colorado. Colorado Birds 33:8-14.

Giroir G, and T Leukering. 1999. Breeding distribution and numbers of Eared, Western, and Clark’s Grebes in Colorado. Colorado Birds 33:83-90.

Leukering T. 1999. News from the field: the spring 1999 report (March-May). Colorado Birds 33:253-267.

Leukering T. 1999. Sapsuckers in Lamar, Prowers County, Colorado. Colorado Birds 33:184-185.

1997:

Leukering T, and J Bradley. 1997. Some observations of birds on the Central Mexican Plateau. Western Birds 28:177-180.

Mabee T. 1997. Using eggshell evidence to determine nest fate of shorebirds. Wilson Bulletin 109:307-313.

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