Jablonski, K.E.. 2012. Habitat Associations of Adirondack
Lowland Boreal Birds at Spring Pond Bog, New York. MS Thesis, SUNY College of
Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY.
Abstract: Lowland boreal birds in the Adirondack Park of New York State are rare, threatened, and have disjunct ranges yet we know little about their local habitat associations. During 2008-2009 I studied 12 bird species and a lowland boreal vegetation complex known as Spring Pond Bog, utilizing both traditional point counts and a novel spot mapping method and recording numerous habitat data. I identified habitat associations for six sufficiently detected target species. I found each of the six species to inhabit a distinct micro-habitat which, when taken together, encompass the broad range of Adirondack lowland boreal habitats. This indicates that an ecosystem-level approach to the conservation of lowland boreal birds and their habitats is necessary. The Spring Pond Bog Preserve, owned by The Nature Conservancy, and the land surrounding it exemplify such an approach.