The Skagit Valley is located in the transition between the Coastal Fur Hemlock Zone and the Interior Douglas Fir Zone. Because of this diversity of habitat, the valley supports a wide variety of bird species. The proximity of the Skagit Valley to human populations of the Lower Mainland makes the Skagit Recreation Area a prime site for wildlife viewing - an outdoor activity that is increasing in popularity. The information provided by this study will enable a wildlife viewing program to be developed. Although results are preliminary, mature coniferous forest habitat supports more species and greater densities of birds than clearcut habitat. Many bird species are shared by both habitats but several bird species occur only in one habitat. Breeding bird surveys demonstrate that a number of interior bird species are found in the Skagit Valley. Preliminary results suggest there is high potential for viewing wildlife in the Skagit Valley.
Daly, Mark K.. 1991. Forest Dwelling Songbirds in the Skagit Valley, B.C.: Development of a Wildlife Viewing Program, Preliminary Report
Topic: Wildlife-Human Interaction
Keywords: coastal western hemlock zone, interior douglas fir zone, diversity of habitat, skagit recreation area, wildlife viewing, outdoor activity, mature coniferous
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