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


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
Wszola, L.S., L.N. Messinger, L.F. Gruber, E.F. Stuber, C.J. Chizinski, and J.J. Fontaine. 2020. Use and expenditures on public access hunting lands. Journal of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism 29:100256. December 2020
Stuber, E.F., L.F. Gruber, and J.J. Fontaine. 2017. A Bayesian method for assessing multiscale species-habitat relationships. Landscape Ecology 32:2365-2381.
December 2017
Stuber, E.F., L. Gruber, and J.J. Fontaine. 2018. Predicting species-habitat relationships: does body size matter? Landscape Ecology 33:1049-1060. July 2018
Stuber, E.F. and J.J. Fontaine. 2019. How characteristic is the species characteristic selection scale? Global Ecology and Biogeography 28:1839-1854. December 2019
Stuber, E.F. and J.J. Fontaine. 2018. Ecological neighborhoods as a framework for umbrella species selection. Biological Conservation 223:112–119. May 2018
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 December 2013
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 May 2014
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 April 2017
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 December 2012