Information collected for this project, along with additional research conducted on the STRIPS project, showed that prairie strips can be a valuable tool for improving ecosystem health in agricultural lands, especially in terms of improving water quality and increasing biodiversity and landscape heterogeneity.
Can row-cropped agricultural catchments with small amounts of reconstructed prairie support greater native bird biodiversity than row-cropped catchments without prairie?
At the scale and location of the STRIPS experiment, the answer was yes; however, it may not be possible for all grassland bird species to be conserved through prairie strips.
Lisa A. Schulte Moore
Anna L. MacDonald
Year of Grant Completion
Schulte Moore, Lisa A. and MacDonald, Anna Lynn, "Blurring the lines between working and conservation lands: Bird use of prairie strips in row-cropped watersheds" (2014). Leopold Center Completed Grant Reports. 453.