Breeding Bird Surveys

Santa Clara River Levee Certification, Ventura County, California

Santa Clara River Levee Certification, Ventura County, California
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Project Name: Santa Clara River Levee Certification, Ventura County, California
Services: Breeding Bird Survey
Client: County of Ventura

New levee maintenance requirements imposed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency have required additional vegetation clearing along the River in the vicinity of Oxnard, California. Padre biologists conducted breeding bird surveys to detect listed species and other migratory birds within the vegetation clearing area. These surveys included protocol surveys and territory mapping for the endangered least Bell’s vireo, and a habitat assessment and protocol surveys for the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher. Ten least Bell’s vireo breeding territories were identified and mapped within the surveyed reach, and would be avoided during vegetation management activities.