Long-term response of sagebrush songbirds to energy development

We are evaluating the long-term effects of energy development on sagebrush songbirds.  Specifically, we are comparing historic (2008-2009) and contemporary (2018-2019) abundance data collected in two natural gas fields in Sublette county, WY targeting three sagebrush-obligate songbirds: Brewer’s sparrow, sagebrush sparrow, and sage thrasher.  This research functions both as an important and timely status update for a suite of sensitive species which are facing range-wide population declines, and as a contribution to more general scientific understanding of the legacy of human-induced habitat change.




Max Carlin

Wyoming Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit

MSc Candidate, Dept. Zoology & Physiology

University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

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Dr. Anna Chalfoun

Wyoming Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit

Assistant Unit Leader

University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

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Funding & Partners

Wyoming Game and Fish Department