How can Kirtland's Warbler habitat be produced and maintained for the warbler's conservation in the Bahamas?
McKenzie, Z., E. H. Helmer, C. C. Larkin, C. Kwit, M. T. K. Roberts, J. M. Wunderle, Jr., and D. N. Ewert.  2011.  Society for the Conservation and Study of Caribbean Birds, 18th Regional Meeting, Grand Bahama, July 21-25, 2011.

Habitat disturbance by bulldozing, goat grazing, and fire were found to produce Kirtlandís Warbler (KW) winter habitats on Eleuthera by favoring some of the early successional plants that produce fruits used by the warbler (e.g., especially black torch, wild sage). Our experimental work focuses on encouraging KW fruit plants on sites requiring re-occurring disturbance such as fuel breaks and utility or highway rights of way. Though primarily required to control brush and prevent tree growth, the need for re-occurring disturbances could be tailored for the warblerís benefit by both public and private sectors, especially if costs are minimal and/or part of ongoing management. Thus our conservation strategy focuses on identifying cost-effective ways in which re-occurring human habitat disturbances can be harnessed for the benefit of the warbler, which do not compromise the primary purpose of the original management objective.