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MS (Master of Science)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Fred J. Alsop III
Timothy D. McDowell, Thomas F. Laughlin, Lee M. Pike
The purpose of this study is to provide a habitat analysis of the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Sphyrapicus varius, in the Southern Appalachians. This population of S. varius is unique because it breeds in the high elevations of the Southern Appalachians, while the northern population breeds from Pennsylvania to Alberta Canada. Albert Ganier described this population in 1954 (Ganier 1954).
Using the Relevee method of habitat analysis I have described the territories of several breeding pairs in the Southern Appalachians. This analysis suggests that these birds require an open canopy of northern hardwood forest with some type of open area as a part of their territory. I have measured several other factors of the habitat as well. The information obtained in this study will be used to guide management practices to maintain and increase the population size of S. varius ssp. appalachiensis.
Thesis - Campus Only
Osborne, Christopher Jason, "Habitat Analysis and Survey of the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker, Sphyrapicus varius, in the Southern Appalachians." (2002). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 732. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/732
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