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Shorebird use of managed wetlands in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley

American Midland Naturalist

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Abstract

We assessed shorebird densities on managed wetland habitats during fall and winter within the primarily agricultural landscape of the Mississippi Alluvial Valley. From November through March, shorebird densities were greater on soybean fields than on rice or moist-soil fields. Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus) and Common Snipe (Gallinago gallinago) were common throughout winter, whereas Yellowlegs (Tringa spp.) and ?peep? sandpipers (Calidris spp.) were present but less abundant. During fall, Dowitchers (Limnodromus spp.), Pectoral Sandpipers (Calidris melanotos), Killdeer, and peep sandpipers were the most abundant species on managed shorebird habitat units. Although shorebird densities were consistently greater on habitats managed by drawing down existing water, we were unable to detect a significant difference in densities from areas managed by flooding previously dry habitat.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Shorebird use of managed wetlands in the Mississippi Alluvial Valley
Series title:
American Midland Naturalist
Volume
140
Issue:
1
Year Published:
1998
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
140-152
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
First page:
140
Last page:
152
Number of Pages:
13