Do Black-throated Green Warblers in northeast B.C. require riparian forest?

Mark Phinney

Louisiana-Pacific Canada Ltd, Dawson Creek, B.C. V1G 3CB

Abstract: Literature about Black-throated Green Warblers in British Columbia generally states that the species requires riparian habitat. This was not my impression during bird surveys in the Peace River di strict. This study showed that warblers were farther from water than were random points. There was a significant (p <0.001) difference between (a) distances from singing Black-throated Green Warble rs to the nearest waterbody ( n = 262, average distance = 270 m), and (b) distances from randomly selected points to the nearest waterbody ( n = 300, average distance = 188 m). Apparently this species avoids riparian habitat in northeastern British Columbia.

Key words: Black-throated Green Warbler, Dendroica virens, riparian, habitat, Peace River, British Columbia, survey, preference, selection, forest type

PDFicon Phinney, M. 2003. Do Black-throated Green Warblers in northeast B.C. require riparian forest? British Columbia Birds 13:2-5.


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