Preface • Introduction • Study Objectives • Community Participation • Regional, Physical and Ecological Setting
anthropogenic Caused by or relating to human intervention.
antithetical Of, relating to, or marked by the direct or exact opposite.
arid Lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or woody plants.
aridity The state or quality of being arid or without moisture; dryness.
avifauna The birds of a specific region or period.
biomass The total mass of living matter within a given unit of environmental area.
cryptic Tending to conceal or camouflage.
ephemeral Existing or lasting only a short time; short-lived or temporary.
filamentous algae Algae suspended in water with a thread-like root system.
fledgling A young bird that has recently acquired its flight feathers.
foraging To wander in search of food or provisions.
geo- Of or relating to the earth.
geomorphic Of or relating to changes in the earth.
halophile An organism that requires a salty environment.
halophyte Any terrestrial plant that is adapted to grow in high concentrations of salt, such as in salt marshes.
hydrology The scientific study of the properties, distribution, and effects of water on the earth's surface, in the soil and underlying rocks, and in the atmosphere.
inorganic Involving neither organic life nor the products of organic life.
invertebrate An animal, such as an insect or mollusk, that lacks a backbone or spinal column.
leeward On or toward the side to which the wind is blowing.
limnology The scientific study of bodies of water for their biological and physical and geological properties.
molt To shed periodically part or all of a coat or an outer covering, such as feathers, cuticle, or skin, which is then replaced by a new growth.
obligate Able to exist or survive only in a particular environment or by assuming a particular role.
organic Of, relating to, or derived from living organisms.
paleoclimatic Of or relating to ancient or prehistoric climate.
passerine Of or relating to birds of the order Passeriformes, which includes perching birds and songbirds such as the jays, blackbirds, finches, warblers, and sparrows.
phylogenetic Of or pertaining to the evolutionary relationships among species.
piscivorous Habitually feeding on fish; fish-eating.
playa A nearly level area at the bottom of an undrained desert basin, sometimes temporarily covered with water.
pupae The nonfeeding stage between the larva and adult in the metamorphosis of holometabolous insects, during which the larva typically undergoes complete transformation within a protective cocoon or hardened case.
recurvirostrids Shorebird species within the family Recurvirostridae (i.e., stilts and avocets).
saline Of, relating to, or containing salt; salty.
topography Graphic representation of the surface features of a place or region on a map, indicating their relative positions and elevations.
transitory Existing or lasting only a short time; short-lived or temporary.
ubiquitous Being or seeming to be everywhere at the same time; omnipresent.
vagrant Moving in a random fashion; not fixed in place.
xeric Of, characterized by, or adapted to an extremely dry habitat; being deficient in moisture.
AC Area Count
AR Aerial Survey
ASL Above Sea Level
ATV All-terrain Vehicle
BCR Bird Conservation Region
BLM Bureau of Land Management
DNR Department of Natural Resources
GIS Geographic Information System
GPS Global Positioning System
GSL Great Salt Lake
GSLEP Great Salt Lake Ecosystem Project
ISSR Inland Sea Shorebird Reserve
MBR Migratory Bird Refuge
ppt Parts per Thousand
PS Point Sample
TC Total Count
UDWR Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
USFWS United States Fish and Wildlife Service
USGS United States Geologic Survey
WBS Waterbird Survey
WHA Wildlife Habitat Area
WMA Waterfowl/Wildlife Management Area
YBP Years Before Present