Common Nighthawk Habitat and Activity Patterns

Proponent

Andrea Sidler

Contract

2016-17-26

Amount Awarded

$10,000

Final Report

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The primary goal of this project is to increase our understanding of habitat associations and activity patterns of understudied Common Nighthawk populations in the northern boreal forest (SARA status: Threatened). Ongoing collaborations with local experts ensure that this project will produce immediately practical findings. Roadside survey data will allow us to begin making connections between nighthawk habitat associations, productivity and resource exploitation in the Yukon. These results will contribute to the definition of ‘critical nighthawk habitat’ in the North (listed as a high priority item in the federal Recovery Strategy) and thus help guide species conservation efforts. Data gathered on daily and seasonal activity patterns will inform future sampling methods by ensuring survey protocols target nighthawk peak calling periods and therefore accurately assess populations at northern latitudes.