- Jones, Malcolm T.
University of Maine Graduate School
I examined avian abundance and distribution patterns for New England using data from the U.S.G.S. Biological Resources Division's Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) . I identified three distinct avifaunal regions within New England, which formed the sample units for all further analyses. For each of these regions I tested the predictions of Hanski's core-satellite hypothesis, Brown's ecological specialization hypothesis and Wright' s sampling hypothesis to determine which best explained the observed patterns.