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

Arkansas Project

King Rail Breeding and Brood Ecology

April 2011 - June 2015


Participating Agencies

  • University of Arkansas
  • Webless Migratory Game Bird Research and Managment Program

King rails are declining throughout their range, especially so for migrant king rails. Recruitment of king rails is not well known and is thought to be a problem. This study will study both breeding and brood ecology of king rails at the Red Slough Wildlife Management Area in southeastern Oklahoma. We intend to conduct a series of water level manipulations at the site to investigate how king rails select among sites and whether water level management affects recruitment.

Presentations Presentation Date
Fournier, A. M. V., and D. G. Krementz. 2013. Preliminary Results of Effects of Wetland Management Strategies on Habitat Use of Fall Migrating Rails on Intensively-Managed Wetland Complexes in Missouri. The Wildlife Society Meeting, Milwaukee, WI. October 2013
Fournier, Auriel M.V., David G. Krementz, Doreen C. Mengel, Andy H. Raedeke. 2013 Phenology, Habitat Use and Co-Occurrence of Fall Migrating Yellow Rails on Intensively-Managed Wetland Complexes in Missouri - Research In Progress. Yellow Rail Virtual Scientific Symposium July 2013