Riparian and Meadow Restoration Projects

Trinity River Restoration

Since 2002, the Bureau of Reclamation has been working to restore salmonid populations that have been impacted by dams on the Trinity River in northern California. Restoration involves constructing riparian habitat for the benefit of both fish and birds.  KBO is continuing bird monitoring work that was originally started by the US Forest Service Redwood Sciences laboratory.  Drawing on ten years of data, KBO completed a 2012 report examining how bird abundance varied between restoration sites and remnant riparian habitat.  We have also expanded the bird monitoring project by implementing two additional methodologies that will provide more intensive measures of restoration response, such as whether birds are nesting in the recently restored riparian habitat and, if so, whether or not they are successfully fledging young.  Results will be used within the adaptive management framework to assess the program’s success in creating ecologically viable riparian habitat.

Fourmile Meadow Restoration

The Fourmile Creek and Harriman Springs Restoration Project is enhancing habitat on the west side of Upper Klamath Lake for the benefit of fish and birds. Lost River and shortnose suckers, redband trout, and migratory birds—such as Lincoln’s Sparrow, Song Sparrow, and Common Yellowthroat—are expected to respond positively to the restoration of a 400-acre wet meadow, three miles of forested riparian areas, and spawning habitat in Harriman Springs and at the mouth of Fourmile Creek.

Partnering with US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, US Geological Survey, and others, KBO’s role in this project is to monitor birds as indicators of restoration success. In 2012 KBO completed our second year of post-restoration surveys during the breeding and fall migration seasons.

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