Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

1991

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Animal Ecology

Abstract

Since the mid 1800s the number of wetlands in Iowa has decreased by 95% (Bishop 1981). Wetland drainage and the conversion of native grasslands into croplands have been primary causes of this loss. Because of this habitat loss, several wetland species have been extirpated from the state, and others have small populations (Weller 1979, Dinsmore 1981). The 1985 Farm Bill and the North American Waterfowl Management Plan provided the stimulus for wetland restoration on many of these drained basins. My objectives were to 1) determine if certain wetland characteristics affected bird colonization on restored wetlands and 2) assess the habitat quality of the restored wetlands by using nest productivity data.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-13208

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu

Copyright Owner

Lisa Marie Hemesath

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

92 pages

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