Mississippi State University
Scott A. Rush
Kristine O. Evans
Date of Degree
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Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Master of Science
College of Forest Resources
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Woodpeckers are a group of avian species that cause damage to wooden power utility structures. In the southeastern United States, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), has accrued an estimated $5 million USD annually from woodpecker damage. Previous work has focused on effectiveness of reactive mitigation and restoration efforts with little investigation of preventative methods. To address this knowledge gap, this study will i) use species distribution model techniques to predict damage suitability across the TVA service area, ii) use Bayesian hierarchical community model techniques to estimate species richness of the woodpecker community in the service area, and iii) recommend target areas for increased preventative measures in the service area. The suitability map indicated that damage was most likely to occur in the southwestern portions of the TVA service area. Woodpecker species richness was stable across the environmental covariate values estimated with 2-3 species found throughout the service area.
Wright, Hannah Chelsea, "Distribution of woodpecker activity relative to wooden utility structure usage in the southeastern United States" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 5215.