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Article abstract: A program is being developed to conduct long-term coordinated monitoring of the federally-threatened Coastal California Gnatcatcher (Polioptila californica californica) in the United States portion of the species’ range. The goals of this program are to: 1) determine the population status of California Gnatcatchers in southern California on conserved and military lands; 2) track trends in California Gnatcatcher habitat occupancy over time in southern California to identify when thresholds have been met that trigger management actions; and 3) identify habitat attributes and threats associated with gnatcatcher occupancy in order to develop specific habitat-based management criteria and recommendations. To date, there have been no systematic surveys for this species across southern California. Surveys have been conducted periodically in portions of the gnatcatcher’s range, particularly on conserved and military lands. However, these surveys have been conducted in different years and with a variety of methods providing different population metrics and as a result do not provide a region-wide estimate. In addition, during the last 15 years, there have been extremely large wildfires in southern California across a substantial portion of suitable habitat for gnatcatchers and there is little information on their status in these burned areas.
Number of pages: 15
Authors: Preston, Kris; Kus, Barbara;
Species: Coastal California gnatcatcher
Vegetation communities: coastal sage scrub