Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Nebraska
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Nebraska Project


Avian habitat relationships across ecological scales

January 2009 - December 2018


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

The prairie ecosystems of Nebraska provide habitat for a diversity of bird species, including numerous grassland songbirds, culturally and economically important upland game species, and many species of migratory waterbirds. Agricultural development has resulted in the loss and alteration of habitat for many grassland bird species, and it has become increasingly important to understand how alterations across the landscape influence where birds reside, how they behave, and the subsequent implications for population and community dynamics. Because over 97% of Nebraska is privately owned, our research relies on the cooperation and participation of dozens of private landowners throughout the state, who work with us to understand how best to conserve grassland birds and their habitats.

Research Publications Publication Date
Fontaine, J.J., C.F. Jorgensen, E.F. Stuber, L. Gruber, A.A. Bishop, J.J. Lusk, E. Zach and K.L. Decker. 2017. Species distributions models in wildlife planning: agricultural policy and wildlife management in the Great Plains. Wildlife Society Bulletin 41:194-204. DOI: 10.1002/wsb.763 2017-04-30
Stuber, E.F. and J.J. Fontaine. 2018. Ecological neighborhoods as a framework for umbrella species selection. Biological Conservation 223:112–119. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2018.04.026 2018-05-31
Stuber, E.F., L.F. Gruber, and J.J. Fontaine. A Bayesian method for assessing multiscale species-habitat relationships. Landscape Ecology 32:2365-2381. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-017-0575-y 2017-12-31
Stuber, E.F., L. Gruber, and J.J. Fontaine. 2018. Predicting species-habitat relationships: does body size matter? Landscape Ecology 33:1049-1060. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-018-0648-6 2018-07-31
Jorgensen, C.F., L.A. Powell, J.J. Lusk, A.A. Bishop and J.J. Fontaine. 2014. Assessing landscape constraints on species abundance: Does the neighborhood limit species response to local habitat conservation programs? Plos One 9:e99339. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0099339 | Abstract 2014-05-31
Jorgensen, C.F., R.J. Stutzman, L. Anderson, S. Decker, L.A. Powell, and J.J. Fontaine. 2013. Choosing a DIVA: a comparison of emerging digital imagery vegetation analysis techniques. Applied Vegetation Science 16:552-560. Doi: 10.1111/avsc.12037 | Download 2013-12-31
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Jorgensen, C.F. 2012. Assessing Local and Landscape Constraints on Habitat Management for Grassland and Upland Birds.M.S. Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln 2012-12-31