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dc.contributor.authorMcNew, L. B.
dc.contributor.authorWinder, V. L.
dc.contributor.authorPitman, J. C.
dc.contributor.authorSandercock, B. K.
dc.date.accessioned2021-03-08T18:37:30Z
dc.date.available2021-03-08T18:37:30Z
dc.date.issued2015-05
dc.identifier.citationMcNew, L. B., Winder, V. L., Pitman, J. C., & Sandercock, B. K. (2015). Alternative Rangeland Management Strategies and the Nesting Ecology of Greater Prairie-Chickens. Rangeland Ecology & Management, 68(3), 298–304.
dc.identifier.issn0022-409x
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.rama.2015.03.009
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/656922
dc.description.abstractPopulation declines of grassland birds over the past 30 yr have followed the widespread implementation of intensive rangeland management practices that create homogenous grassland habitats. Patch-burn grazing (PBG) was tested as an alternative management technique that is ecologically similar to historically heterogeneous fire and grazing regimes and holds promise as a rangeland management tool that may benefit grassland wildlife. We conducted a 3-year study to compare nest-site selection and nest survival of greater prairie-chickens, an umbrella species for tallgrass prairie conservation, on private lands managed with PBG or intensive fire and grazing in the Flint Hills of Kansas. The goal of our field study was to evaluate the relationships among rangeland management practices, habitat conditions, and nesting ecology of greater prairie-chickens. Nest-site selection and nest survival of prairie-chickens were both directly related to vertical nesting cover, which was determined by the fire return interval of a pasture. Nesting habitat was affected little by stocking rate in PBG management regimes because preferred nest sites were unburned patches that were not grazed by cattle. Overall, the quantity and quality of nesting sites was improved under PBG management when compared with more intensive rangeland management regimes. Our results join a growing body of evidence that rangeland management strategies that mimic historical heterogeneous fire and grazing regimes benefit native species of prairie wildlife. © 2015 Society for Range Management. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherSociety for Range Management
dc.relation.urlhttps://rangelands.org/
dc.rightsCopyright © Society for Range Management.
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dc.subjectgame bird
dc.subjecthabitat use
dc.subjectintensive early stocking
dc.subjectnest survival
dc.subjectpatch-burn grazing
dc.subjectprescribed fire
dc.subjectresource selection
dc.subjectTympanuchus cupido
dc.titleAlternative Rangeland Management Strategies and the Nesting Ecology of Greater Prairie-Chickens
dc.typeArticle
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dc.identifier.journalRangeland Ecology & Management
dc.description.collectioninformationThe Rangeland Ecology & Management archives are made available by the Society for Range Management and the University of Arizona Libraries. Contact lbry-journals@email.arizona.edu for further information.
dc.eprint.versionFinal published version
dc.source.journaltitleRangeland Ecology & Management
dc.source.volume68
dc.source.issue3
dc.source.beginpage298
dc.source.endpage304
refterms.dateFOA2021-03-08T18:37:30Z


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