Free Webinar on Impacts of Design on Bird Habitats

The eXtension Community Planning and Zoning Community of Practice will host a free webinar on Evaluating the Impacts of Subdivision Designs on Bird Habitats.

The webinar will be Thursday, May 3 at 1 p.m. (ET).

The webinar will be presented by Mark Hostetler of the University of Florida. It introduces participants to a new online evaluation tool that evaluates impacts of landscape/subdivision designs on bird habitats. The goal of the “Building for Birds” online tool is to provide decision-makers with a way to evaluate different development scenarios and how they affect habitat for different species of forest birds that use fragmented areas. This tool allows decision-makers to manipulate amounts of forest fragments (urban/rural) and tree canopy (in built areas) and determine the best designs for conserving bird habitat.

This evaluation tool is most useful for developments in already fragmented landscapes, where decision-makers are trying to decide on whether to conserve tree patches or tree canopies. Associated with this is a bird list of North American species that do or do not use urban/rural forest patches and tree canopy in built areas during breeding and migration seasons.

UPDATEThe webinar has been approved for 1 CM credit with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

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posted on 04-11-2018 by Dougherty

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