Date of Award

5-17-2003

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)

Department

Liberal Studies

First Reader

Kenneth Johnson

Second Reader

Sandra Welter

Abstract

In the northeastern comer of New York over the last 10,000 years, avian life developed a complex network of niches within the varied ecosystems produced by the retreat of the last glacier. When humans began to dominate the area, beginning around two hundred years ago, avian diversity was compromised. The past and present anthropogenic influences have increasingly intensified the stresses on avian life in the park. If avian diversity is to be preserved, human factions must work together to decrease that stress. The establishment of the Adirondack Park and hunting seasons as well as restrictions on pesticide use have directly and indirectly helped curtail complete destruction of Adirondack avian diversity. Future preservation of Adirondack avian life depends on a collaborative effort, locally and nationally, that will increase knowledge and appreciation for the special needs of all avian species and why it is important to retain optimum avian diversity.

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