Project ID

ESP2014-03

Abstract

As part of a larger prairie strips project, this project began monitoring how farmland birds are affected by the addition of these strips to cropland. The hypothesis is that bird species presence and abundance can be positively impacted by the potential habitat provided by prairie strips.

Key Question

What bird species are using fields with prairie strips? What is the seasonality of bird use of fields with prairie strips? How do the species and seasonality of bird use of fields with prairie strips compare to bird use of nearby agricultural habitat types?

Findings

The project increased the scientific understanding of how prairie strips are impacting bird communities and also provided adopting farmers and farmland owners with some data on wildlife use of their farms and whether beneficial habitat is being offered for desirable wildlife through prairie strip establishment.

Principal Investigator(s)

Lisa Schulte-Moore

Year of Grant Completion

2016