Quantifying the habitat needs of shorebirds and waterfowl during migration at the Great Salt Lake
Josh Vest & Don Paul
The Great Salt Lake is a continentally and hemispherically important migration area for millions of wetland dependent migratory birds. During migration, birds must consume enough food resources to sustain their daily energy requirements and store energy to continue their migration to wintering and breeding regions. Thus, providing adequate foraging habitat resources at Great Salt Lake is needed to sustain these populations continentally. Conservation partners in the Great Salt Lake region have recently worked to identify habitat conservation targets that meet the food energy requirement s of shorebirds and waterfowl during migration. Continued investments in wetland management and conservation as well as providing adequate water resources to maintain wetland and lake functional integrity will be key to sustaining shorebird and waterfowl population in the Pacific and Central Flyways.