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Biodiversity Grants Program

Fiscal Year 2003–2004

Title: Southern Shawangunk Mountains Ecological Community Mapping.
Description: Although the northern Shawangunk Ridge (the region surrounding Minnewaska State Park) has been intensively studied, the southern extension of the ridge (to the NJ border) has received much less attention. This funding will initiate ecosystem mapping efforts in this area.
Principal Investigator: Cara Lee, The Nature Conservancy.

Title: A Multi-scale Analysis of Grassland Bird Habitat Relations in the St. Lawrence River Valley, with a Focus on the Henslow's Sparrow.
Description: This study will analyze grassland bird habitat in this region (one of the most significant grassland concentrations in New York State), with a particular focus on Henslow’s sparrow.
Principal Investigator: Christopher Norment, SUNY College at Brockport.

Title: Assessing 120 Years of Herbaceous Diversity Recovery in Post-Agricultural Second-Growth Forests of NY.
Description: This study will investigate the biological diversity of recovering, second growth forests (up to 120 years old) on post-agricultural lands in New York State.
Principal Investigator: Gregory McGee, College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Title: Distribution, Viability and Population Structure of Blanding’s Turtle (Emydoidea blandingii) Populations in Northern New York.
Description: This project will study the distribution, viability, and population structure of Blanding’s turtle, one of New York’s rarest reptiles, in northern New York.
Principal Investigator: Glenn Johnson, SUNY Potsdam.

Title: Evaluating Seed Longevity and Seed Bank Composition for Swallow-wort.
Description: This project will evaluate seed longevity and seed back composition, providing critical information to develop control strategies for this non-native plant species that is rapidly invading habitats in upstate New York.
Principal Investigator: Antonio DiTommaso, Cornell University.

Title: Important Bird Areas (IBA) – Identification of Avian Conservation Focus Areas in New York.
Description: This funding will support the identification of Avian Conservation Focus areas in New York State.
Principal Investigator: Michael Burger, Audubon New York

Title: Promoting Biodiversity Stewardship on Private Forestland in New York State.
Description: This initiative translates recent scientific research on ecologically sustainable forestry practices into practical concepts for use by private forestland owners in New York State.
Principal Investigator: Michael Burger, Audubon New York.

Title: Identification of Migration Routes, Staging Areas, and Wintering Range of the Adirondack Park Common Loon Population.
Description: This study will track travel routes and key staging areas for common loons, as they migrate from the Adirondacks to their winter habitat on the Atlantic Coast.
Principal Investigator: Valerie Trudeau, Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks.

Title: Land Snails of Talus Communities and an Update of Land Snail Distributions for New York State.
Description: Land snails are an important but little studied component of terrestrial ecosystems. This study will investigate snails that inhabit talus communities (located at the bottoms of cliffs) in New York State.
Principal Investigator: Ken Hotopp, Appalachian Conservation Biology.

Title: Microfossil Evidence of Prehistoric Agricultural Impacts.
Description: Recent technical advances allow scientists to identify food plant residues on native American artifacts, advancing our understanding of New York State’s historical plant diversity.
Principal Investigator: John Hart, New York State Museum.

Title: Invasive Plants Council of New York State.
Description: This funding will enable the IPC to create a three-part database that will provide critical information to organizations seeking to monitor and control invasive plants across the state.
Principal Investigator: Suzanne Maloney, Invasive Plant Council of NYS.

Title: Utricularia inflata: Yet Another Invasive Threat to Aquatic Biodiversity?
Description: It has recently been discovered that Utricularia Inflata, a non-native freshwater plant, is rapidly invading lakes in the Adirondack Park. This research will quantify the extent and potential ecological impacts of this new aquatic threat.
Principal Investigator: John Titus, SUNY Binghamton.

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