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Monday, November 2 • 4:40pm - 5:00pm
Louisiana Waterthrush and Benthic Macroinvertebrate Response to Shale Gas Development

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Petra B. Wood, U.S. Geological Survey, West Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, West Virginia University; Mack W. Frantz* and Douglas A. Becker, West Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, West Virginia University

Because shale gas development is occurring over a large landscape, an understanding of effects on headwater stream communities is needed. We examined effects of shale gas development (well pads and associated infrastructure) on Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla) and benthic macroinvertebrate communities in 12 West Virginia headwater streams in 2011. Streams were classed as impacted (n=6) or unimpacted (n=6) by shale gas development. We quantified waterthrush demography (nest success, clutch size, number of fledglings, territory density), a waterthrush Habitat Suitability Index (HSI), the EPA Rapid Bioassessment Protocol habitat index (RBP), and benthic metrics including a genus-level stream quality index (GLIMPSS) for each stream. For statistical tests, we set significance a priori at alpha

Monday November 2, 2015 4:40pm - 5:00pm EST
Ballroom Salon B

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