Exploring home range and habitat use during the breeding season of the Bicknellâs thrush (Catharus bicknelli) in New Brunswick Clear-cuts
The Bicknellâs thrush (Cathurs bicknelli) is a rare songbird with the most restrictive breeding range in North America. The Bicknellâs thrush spends its summer months breeding in high elevation, stunted growth forests â a habitat that the species specializes in. In New Brunswick, there has been a documented population decline of 11.5% per year since 2001. After having identified specific geographic areas where Bicknellâs thrush present, this project proposes using radio-tracking to describe individualâs breeding home ranges and extrapolate population size and densities. Contributing to the research knowledge of the Bicknellâs thrush, a federal species at risk, supports Bird Studies Canadaâs mandate in using sound research to advise conservation authorities and managers.