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dc.contributor.authorJoseph, Jamus
dc.contributor.authorHolechek, Jerry L.
dc.contributor.authorValdez, Raul
dc.contributor.authorThomas, Milt
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-18T04:47:54Z
dc.date.available2020-09-18T04:47:54Z
dc.date.issued2004-05-01
dc.identifier.citationJoseph, J., Holechek, J. L., Valdez, R., & Thomas, M. (2004). Mourning dove densities on Chihuahuan Desert rangelands. Journal of Range Management, 57(3), 243-247.
dc.identifier.issn0022-409X
dc.identifier.doi10.2111/1551-5028(2004)057[0243:MDDOCD]2.0.CO;2
dc.identifier.doi10.2307/4003791
dc.identifier.doi10.2458/azu_jrm_v57i3_joseph
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/643531
dc.description.abstractMourning dove (Zenaida macroura L.) densities were determined using strip census techniques over a 2-year period (spring 1996 to winter 1998) on pastures in early-, mid-, and late-seral ecological condition. This study was conducted on the Chihuahuan Desert Rangeland Research Center and adjacent Bureau of Land Management rangelands in south-central New Mexico on 6 adjoining pastures that were similar in terrain and shape. Mourning dove densities pooled across sampling periods (8) were different (P < 0.10) on pastures in mid- and early-seral condition. They averaged 10.3, 33.9, and 7.2 birds km-2 on pastures in late-, mid- and early-seral condition, respectively. Leatherleaf croton (Croton pottsii Lam.), the primary mourning dove food on all study pastures, was more abundant (P 0.10) on late- and mid-seral pastures than on early-seral pastures. Therefore, heavy livestock grazing may adversely affect mourning dove populations in the Chihuahuan Desert by depleting leatherleaf croton. Autumn perennial grass cover and standing biomass differed (P < 0.10) among seral stages. More optimal interspersion of bare ground and perennial grasses may further explain why mid-seral rangelands tend to favor mourning doves. Our study shows mourning doves in the Chihuahuan Desert prefer moderately grazed, mid-seral rangelands over heavily grazed, early-seral rangelands.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherSociety for Range Management
dc.relation.urlhttps://rangelands.org/
dc.rightsCopyright © Society for Range Management.
dc.rights.urihttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
dc.subjectupland game birds
dc.subjectwildlife
dc.subjectarid lands
dc.subjectcattle grazing
dc.subjectZenaida macroura
dc.titleMourning dove densities on Chihuahuan Desert rangelands
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dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.journalJournal of Range Management
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dc.eprint.versionFinal published version
dc.description.admin-noteMigrated from OJS platform August 2020
dc.source.volume57
dc.source.issue3
dc.source.beginpage243-247
refterms.dateFOA2020-09-18T04:47:54Z


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