Marsh Bird Technician

Marsh Bird Technician

Ohio State University

April through August 2010

For the length of the summer, I was employed by two Ohio State University PhD students to conduct secretive marsh bird surveys in wetlands located throughout north-central Ohio. The two PhD projects focused on defining the range and habitat use of species such as king rails (Rallus elegans), Virginia rails (Rallus limicola), least bittern (Ixobrychus exilis), and American bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus). Work began in late spring with five-minute callback surveys using the Standardized North American Marsh Bird Monitoring Protocol. Throughout the summer I worked independently to plan survey routes; communicate with landowners regarding wetland access, and navigating through thick vegetation to survey points. I also assessed seasonal changes in vegetation structure using the Classification of Wetland and Deepwater Habitats of the U.S. (Cowardin et al 1979), the Classification of Natural Ponds and Lakes in the Glaciated Prairie Region (Steward & Kantrua 1971).

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