Hello Josh,

You have done a great service, not just for the Finger Lakes National
Forest staff, but for all of us by conducting and posting your analysis.
As a member of the Cayuga Bird Club, you are demonstrating how our members
contribute to bird conservation through their passion in birds and other
forms of nature.  Thank you very much for doing this, and for being an
ambassador for birds and birding in the Finger Lakes region and beyond!


Jody W. Enck, PhD
Conservation Social Scientist, and
President, Cayuga Bird Club
Ithaca, NY

On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 12:42 PM, Joshua Snodgrass <cedarsh...@gmail.com>

> Hello all,
> I've been volunteering in the Finger Lakes National Forest checking on the
> condition of bird boxes for the new biologist there. He is currently
> updating the Regional Forester Sensitive Species list for the forest, and
> asked for my input on any birds that should be added to the list that are
> in trouble. It would be irresponsible of me to give advice without asking
> for input from this community, who are far more knowledgeable than I am.
> What I have done in my efforts to make good recommendations are to
> crosscheck eBird sightings with the NY DEC's list of state Endangered,
> Threatened, and Species of concern, as well as the most recent State of the
> Birds report for species that are in trouble versus those that occur in the
> forest. I included any birds in the SotB report that received a score of
> "13" or higher. If any of you have recommendations for additional species,
> or other edits, please let me know. Thank you all for any input. Below is
> the list of bird species I came up with that have been recorded in eBird as
> occuring in the Finger Lakes NF, with NYDEC sensitive species first.
> Short-eared Owl- NY Endangered
> Golden Eagle- NY Endangered (usually a migrant, one recent record of a
> perched bird)
> Pied-billed Grebe- NY Threatened
> Bald Eagle- NY Threatened
> Northern Harrier- NY Threatened
> Henslow's Sparrow- NY Threatened
> Upland Sandpiper- NY Threatened (flyover record, but habitat seems
> amenable)
> Northern Goshawk- NY Species of Concern (SoC)
> Cooper's Hawk- NY SoC
> Sharp-shinned Hawk- NY SoC
> Red-shouldered Hawk- NY SoC
> Common Nighthawk- NY Soc
> Horned Lark- NY SoC
> Vesper Sparrow- NY SoC
> Grasshopper Sparrow- NY SoC
> Birds not listed by NY DEC, but in trouble globally according to 2016
> State of the BIrds report follow.  The State of the Birds Watch List
> includes any species with a score of 14 or higher, as well as those with a
> score of 13 and a rapidly declining population. I have included all species
> that scored a 13 or higher that are known to occur in the Finger Lakes NF
> below:
> Bobolink- 14 breeding
> Wood Thrush- 14 breeding
> Canada Warbler- 14 breeding?
> American Woodcock- 13 breeding
> Black-billed Cuckoo- 13 breeding
> Blue-winged Warbler- 13 breeding
> Prairie Warbler- 13 breeding
> Cape May Warbler- 13 migrant
> Connecticut Warble- 13 migrant
> Honorable mentions- birds that score a 12 that breed on Finger Lakes NF
> lands:
> Yellow-billed Cuckoo
> Chestnut-sided Warbler
> Louisiana Waterthrush
> Mourning Warbler (breeds?)
> Veery
> Field Sparrow
> Rusty Blackbird (migrant?)
> Links to the State of the Birds, and NYDEC species list, and breeding bird
> atlas
> http://www.stateofthebirds.org/2016/
> http://www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7494.html
> http://www.dec.ny.gov/cfmx/extapps/bba/
> State of the Birds species table: http://www.stateofthebirds.org
> /2016/resources/species-assessments/
>  Thank for any input!
> Josh
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