Grasslands and shrub steppe within the Naval Weapons Systems Training Facility (NWSTF) in Boardman, Oregon, have been identified as important habitat for the imperiled long-billed curlew, North America’s largest shorebird. However, there is still much to be learned about curlew status at the NWSTF and overall habitat requirements for this species. The USGS has initiated a new study to estimate long-billed curlew abundance and density at NWSTF using unmanned aerial vehicles to conduct surveys. Researchers will also determine curlew breeding productivity and preferred vegetation for nesting to understand habitat requirements and space-use patterns of nesting long-billed curlew. Results will help inform the Navy's curlew management efforts.
Researchers attaching a leg band to a long-billed curlew. The USGS is collecting information on long-billed curlew abundance, breeding productivity, and preferred vegetation for nesting to understand habitat requirements and space-use patterns of nesting.
Author: Sue Haig, USGS
Location: Boardman, Ore.