In this study, we asked the question: how does the presence of industrialization in an area impact the population densities of different bird species? We hypothesized that birds that are known to prefer forested areas will prefer forested areas in NYS compared to outside those areas; while birds that are known to prefer open grasslands will prefer areas outside of NYS’s forested areas. By using publically available GIS data from the Department of Environmental Conservation and the 2000-2005 Breeding Bird Atlas, we found that our hypothesis was supported.

This project was was worked on by David Ugo-Omenukwa, Stephanie Tirado, Laura Villatoro, Ray Neuwirth, Zara Aziz.

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