||Issues and Approaches in Assessing Cumulative Impacts on Waterbird Habitat in Wetlands.
Weller, M. W. ;
||Texas A and M Univ., College Station. Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences.;Corvallis Environmental Research Lab., OR.
Aquatic animals ;
Environmental impacts ;
Biological indicators ;
Natural resources management
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In the report several approaches for estimating bird habitat losses are derived from population curves based on natural and experimentally induced population fluctuations. Additional research needs and experimental approaches are identified for addressing cumulative impacts on wildlife habitat values. Because they are conspicuous, vertebrates commonly are used as indicators of changes in wetlands produced by environmental impacts. Such impacts take place at the landscape level where extensive areas are lost; at the wetland complex level where some (usually small) units of a closely spaced group of wetlands are drained or modified; or at the level of the individual wetland through modification or fragmentation that impacts its habitat value.