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: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0209557. An additional paper in the Science Journal for Kids can be viewed at: https://www.sciencejournalforkids.org/search-articles/how-does-rock-climbing-impact-birds
For updated status on Open Space and Mountain Parks guidelines and closures related to COVID-19, go to https://bouldercolorado.gov/osmp/open-space-covid-19-response.
Data and Resources
|Format||Title and Description|
|Rock Climbing and Avian Cliff Communities Dataset||
Dataset with information on rock climbing and avian cliff communities. Values of n/a indicate that the metric was not measured at that site.
|Rock Climbing and Avian Cliff Communities Data Dictionary||
Data dictionary containing definitions of each field in the dataset.
Areas of Inquiry
Use the information below to explore possible uses for this dataset.
How does temperature impact bird communities? What is the relationship between lichen and avian abundance on rock climbing formations?