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The Conservation Reserve Program: habitat for grassland birds

Great Plains Research

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Abstract

The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) has effected major changes to the landscape, especially in the northern Great Plains. Breeding birds have responded dramatically to habitat changes by colonizing CRP fields, often in large numbers. The vegetation in most CRP fields consists of introduced grasses and legumes, along with a variety of weedy species. This paper describes the bird populations found during three years of surveys on more than 300 CRP fields in western Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and eastern Montana. We relate densities of selected species to geographic location, annual effects, conservation practice adopted, and vegetation features.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
The Conservation Reserve Program: habitat for grassland birds
Series title:
Great Plains Research
Volume
3
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1993
Language:
English
Description:
p. 273-295
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
273
Last page:
295
Number of Pages:
22