Recreational rock climbing and avian cliff communities

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This is a complete, derived dataset from UNC graduate student Nora Covy's 2015 thesis research entitled: "Rock Climbing and Avian Cliff Communities: An Assessment of the Effects of Climbing Use on Avian Diversity and Behavior in Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, Colorado". Lauryn Benedict advised the thesis and City of Boulder's Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) Department participated in the release of the underlying data for public consumption.

The peer-reviewed publication can be viewed at: An additional paper in the Science Journal for Kids can be viewed at:

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Additional Info

Field Value
Author William Keeley
Maintainer Brian Anacker
Last Updated September 2, 2020, 20:01 (MDT)
Created December 14, 2018, 10:28 (MST)
areas_of_inquiry How does temperature impact bird communities? What is the relationship between lichen and avian abundance on rock climbing formations?
category_01 Environment and Public Land
department Open Space and Mountain Parks
dpt_search dptosmp
sustainability_framework Environmentally Sustainable Community
update_frequency As Needed
update_type Manual