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The Center for Native Grasslands Management

Title: The influence of patch-burn management on the nesting ecology of grassland birds at the Tallgrass Prairie Reserve, Oklahoma
Year: 2005
Author(s): Churchwell, R. T.
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Abstract: By monitoring nest success on the patch-burn and traditional grazing areas, I will be able to assess the effects of each grazing regime on the grassland bird community. My findings, along with those of other studies investigating patch-burn grazing, will assist in educating local managers and ranchers on the importance of heterogeneity in the prairie ecosystem. I collected data on nest success, territory composition, and nest vegetation for 3 study species (eastern meadowlark, dickcissel, and grasshopper sparrow) along with other species nesting on the study plots. These species were chosen because they are generalist species and are relatively common on all treatments of the study.
Publisher: Department of Zoology, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK