Wetland Reserve Program Properties: Importance for Iowa Breeding Birds in the Prairie Pothole Landform
August 2021 - May 2024
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service State Wildlife Grants
The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) is one of the most significant habitat restoration programs in Iowa and has added more acres of wetland habitat than any other program since 1993. With this project, we aim to describe the use of WRP sites in the Prairie Pothole Region in Iowa by nongame breeding birds, including species of conservation concern, and evaluate the site characteristics that are associated with the diversity and abundance of birds. Results will inform best practices for prioritizing sites for future WRP engagement as well as management of existing sites to support breeding wetland-dependent birds.