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Management of northern prairies and wetlands for the conservation of neotropical migratory birds

General Technical Report NC-187

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Abstract

Grasslands and wetlands of the northern prairies provide important breeding habitat for a number of birds. Deciding which species deserve most attention in managing those habitats depends, in part, on the importance of the area to the species. Many species in northern prairies are more common elsewhere and need no special consideration in that area. Several species, however, are critically dependent on the prairies. These species merit particular attention if protection of biodiversity is a goal.
Both grasslands and wetlands in the northern prairies have been extensively converted for agricultural use, which has reduced the value of these habitats for breeding birds. Most land-use changes took place before monitoring programs for birds began, so quantitative assessments of changes in avian populations are lacking. This paper discusses the status of bird populations in the northern prairies, key upland and wetland habitats, effects of common management practices, and issues that specifically result from a landscape perspective. Most management practices are employed for other objectives; consequences to nongame birds are incidental, but vitally important to some species.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
Federal Government Series
Title:
Management of northern prairies and wetlands for the conservation of neotropical migratory birds
Series title:
General Technical Report
Series number:
NC-187
Year Published:
1996
Language:
English
Publisher:
U.S. Forest Service
Publisher location:
St. Paul, MN
Contributing office(s):
Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Description:
p. 53-67 [208 pp.]
Larger Work Type:
Report
Larger Work Subtype:
Federal Government Series
Larger Work Title:
Management of midwestern landscapes for the conservation of neotropical migratory birds
First page:
53
Last page:
67
Number of Pages:
15