As part of my dissertation work at WVU I will be conducting surveys of high-elevation pastures that are currently being grazed and probably more so those that have been abandoned. I would like to see how Golden-winged Warblers and other early successional bird species respond to abandonment of grazing lands. Ideally, these data will show what time after abandonment is optimal for these bird species, namely Golden-winged Warblers, as they are one of the most rapidly declining species in the state.
If you own or know of some abandoned grazing lands where the history of land use is known (i.e., time since abandonment), I would love to hear about it! I will be spending most of my time in and around Monongahela National Forest and on areas that are higher than ~600 meters (~2000 feet) in elevation. Thanks in advance for any information!