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1 September 2009 Habitat Selection by Cerulean Warblers in Eastern Kentucky
Patricia J. Hartman, David S. Maehr, Jeffery L. Larkin
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We examined habitat characteristics associated with Cerulean Warblers (Dendroica cerulea) in breeding areas on the Cumberland Plateau in eastern Kentucky. Cerulean Warbler distribution was examined in 2004 within a large forest stand and no differences were found between occupied and unoccupied areas. We examined differences between preferred song perches and random points in 2005, and identified three potentially important predictors of Cerulean Warbler habitat: large diameter trees, east-facing aspect, and high shrub cover. Cerulean Warbler habitat selection on the Cumberland Plateau appears to be similar to other well-studied portions of the breeding range. Conservation and management efforts directed toward establishing and protecting large tracts of mature forest, especially those on east-facing slopes, should be a reasonable approach to managing Cerulean Warbler populations in this area.

Patricia J. Hartman, David S. Maehr, and Jeffery L. Larkin "Habitat Selection by Cerulean Warblers in Eastern Kentucky," The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 121(3), 469-475, (1 September 2009).
Received: 9 October 2009; Accepted: 1 March 2009; Published: 1 September 2009

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