Webinar: Effect of Marcellus Shale Gas Development on Forest Birds & Management Implications

On Wednesday, September 7, at 11 AM EST an informational webinar will be held regarding the effects of shale gas development.

In the last decade, unconventional drilling for natural gas from the Marcellus-Utia shale formation has increased in the central Appalachians, which is a heavily forested region that contains important breeding habitat for many neotropical migratory songbirds including species of concern.  This webinar presentation for the AMJV Community will focus on recent research that evaluated potential impacts of new shale gas development on forest habitat and breeding songbirds.  

Early results from similar studies suggest that shale gas development has the potential to fragment regional forests and alter avian communities.  Efforts to minimize new development in core forests will reduce negative impacts.  


  • Margaret Brittingham, Professor of Wildlife Resources at Penn State University
  • Laura Farwell, Graduate Research Assistant at West Virginia University
  • Mack Frantz, Graduate Research Assistant at West Virginia University

Webinar Link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/437705829
Conference Line: 1-872-240-3212
Passcode: 437-705-829

For more information, contact Matthew Cimitile - cmatth8@vt.edu