Working on a paper from my work in western Georgia (USA) and catching up on the literature. Been feeling a bit scattered and not sure where my career is going (urbanization?, grasslands?, tropical?, isotopes?, DNA barcoding?, acorns?, blue jays?).
I could make a career of catching up and I should. I owe it to the people that have invested in me.
Anyways, just finished Valiela, I. and P. Martinetto, 2007. Changes in Bird Abundance in Eastern North America: Urban Sprawl and Global Footprint? BioScience 57, 360-370.
I typically read and underline important parts then type in those parts in Endnote. Horribly inefficient. I know some people highlight the pdf. I get it back when I do a search and print out the Endnote hits with annotations. That way I can skim through the annotations and get the gist of the paper that I think is important rather than reading the abstract.
Here's some of the important findings:
1. Overall, birds are declining in North America but probably not who you expected (long-distance migrants of the forest)
2. Large declines in open habitat birds (their categorization is a little wonky) that are residents or short-distance migrants
3. Wetland birds decline as well
4. Most forest birds, especially residents, are increasing
5. Edge birds (including the Starling?) are not increasing despite what is an increase in the urban-wildland interface