Date

2-2011

Degree Name

BS in Biological Sciences

Department

Biological Sciences Department

Advisor(s)

Francis X. Villablanca

Abstract

Diversity in songbirds (Passeriformes) between riparian and oak woodland habitats has not been studied before in the Los Padres National Forest around the Hi Mountain Lookout in San Luis Obispo County. Surveys of avian populations were conducted by point counts on fifty variable circular plots; surveys were performed between July and August of 2010. Diversity was calculated using the Shannon-Weiner method, and then squared for normality. No significant results were found when comparing the diversity values between riparian and oak woodland habitat (F = 0.52, p = 0.472). Although the results showed no significance, the data are still important, as they are part of a long term ecological monitoring project conducted between Cal Poly and the US Forest Service.

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