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Shale Gas Development and Landscape Changes

Bird abundance and distribution as impacted by shale gas development, and strategies for reducing negative impacts through habitat restoration.

This webinar presents research examining landscape changes associated with shale gas development in Pennsylvania forests and in particular the effects of pipelines on bird abundance and distribution. To examine landscape scale changes, Lycoming County was used as a case study for a geographic information system (GIS) analysis to quantify habitat fragmentation resulting from shale gas development and determine differences based on land ownership (public vs. private). The webinar also discusses research conducted on the response of bird communities to shale gas pipelines across the north-central region and strategies for reducing negative impacts through habitat restoration.

Speakers

Lillie Langlois, Ph.D. Candidate, Penn State Department of Ecosystem Science and Management