The Black Rail Project
Shorebirds in the Sierra Foothills

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The Black Rail Project

The project is a collaboration between Jerry Tecklin of the University of California Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center and Dr. Steven Beissinger of the University of California at Berkeley.

The aim of the project is initially to determine what type of habitats are most likely to support black rails and how likely it is for a bird to be found in a given suitable location. We also plan to survey sites over the coming years to learn how stable the population is and investigate how the black rail survives in an area where its habitable sites appear to be small and widely spaced.