Local Research

2020-2024 Riparian Buffer Zone Research Project 

Research Question: What is the localized benefit to avian species within contigous riparian buffer zones of various structures & widths along Headwaters of Little Indian Creek?   

Baseline avian population data was collected during 2019-2020 to determine which overwintering bird species use SSF habitats that are not focused on riparian zones.


Contiguous riparian buffer zone strategies began during late 2021 along 2.3 miles of headwaters. 


Nesting activity in cavity-nesting boxes and winter field feeders will be used as one indicator of riparian zone interactivity. 


Preliminary Findings

Early observations from cavity nesting boxes indicate an immediate response, nesting activity appears to be on the increase.