A prey-based approach to restoration: prioritizing the habitat requirements of prey species to assist in the recovery of the coastal northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis laingi)
Ganaway, Danielle Jacqualine Marie (author)
Ransome, Douglas (thesis advisor)
Ashley, Ken (committee member)
British Columbia Institute of Technology School of Construction and the Environment (Degree granting institution)
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British Columbia Institute of Technology
Forestry in British Columbia’s old-growth forests has reduced critical foraging and breeding habitat for the coastal northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis laingi) and restricted population growth. Now at-risk, efforts to recover this subspecies have focused on establishing suitable habitat and a well-distributed population within the province. However, regional diets and associated dynamics are also critical to goshawk recovery and remain poorly understood. Including a synchronous predator-prey recovery approach to current plans can bridge these knowledge gaps. A new model and methods were developed to translate prey biological requirements into structural surrogate features that could be parameterized and ranked within GIS software. Applying these ranks to known goshawk territories in the South Coast allowed for the visualization and quantification of areas with subpar predicted prey abundances. This provided insight on links between prey and forest structure and can be used to direct future restoration and research decisions for coastal goshawk prey-based recovery.
Old growth forests--British Columbia
Master of Science