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.
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?
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.
Year of Grant Completion
Shulte, Lisa, "Blurring the lines between working and conservation lands: Bird use of prairie strips on farmers' fields" (2016). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 506.