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Hinojosa-Huertal - 2014 - CEER - Ecosystem response to restoration

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THE ECOSYSTEM RESPONSE TO RESTORATION: BIRDS AND VEGETATION IN THE COLORADO RIVER DELTA The floodplain of the Colorado River in Mexico, covering 12,000 hectares, experienced a recovery in response to inadvertent flows during the 1980s and 1990s. However, the basin has endured a severe drought since 2002, and the average flows been reduced from 93 m3/s in 1998, to 0.2 m3/s in the last 5 years. On the other hand, several restoration projects have been implemented in the floodplain since 2008, covering over 200 hectares. To evaluate the effect of the drought on vegetation and birds in the floodplain we conducted variable distance point counts and evaluated habitat characteristics at 136 sites, from 2002 to 2013. We also conducted surveys [...]

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