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

Wisconsin Wildlife Project


Landscape-scale management of grassland birds in Wisconsin

July 2009 - April 2022


Personnel

Participating Agencies

  • Science Support Partnership
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Science Services
  • Region 3 Migratory Birds

It is widely recognized that grassland obligate birds are declining faster than any other bird community in the Upper Midwest. Recently, conservation delivery has changed from focusing on individual sites at the local scale to focusing on landscape-scale conservation areas. This project is a collaboration across the USGS Wisconsin Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and state natural resource managers in the Midwest. State-level densities will be estimated for a suite of grassland birds in the Midwest and then used to evaluate the importance of current landscape-scale conservation areas in Wisconsin for grassland bird populations.

Research Publications Publication Date
Guttery, M.R., C.A. Ribic, D. Sample, A. Paulios, C. Trosen, J. Dadisman, D. Schneider, and J.A. Horton. 2017. Scale-specific habitat relationships influence patch occupancy: defining neighborhoods to optimize the effectiveness of landscape-scale grassland bird conservation. Landscape Ecology 32:515-529 2017-04-30
Byers, C.M., C. A. Ribic, D. W. Sample., J.D. Dadisman, and M. R. Guttery. 2017. Grassland bird productivity in warm season grass fields in southwest Wisconsin. American Midland Naturalist 178:47-63. 2017-11-30
Ribic, C. A., M. J. Guzy, T. A. Anderson, D. W. Sample, and J. L. Nack. 2012. Bird productivity and nest predation in agricultural grasslands. Studies in Avian Biology 43: 119-134. 2012-11-30
Theses and Dissertations Publication Date
Byers, Carolyn M. 2013. Grassland bird use of warm season grass fields in southwest Wisconsin. M.S. thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 2013-08-31
Byers, Jr., BJ. 2017. Avian response to fall biomass harvest on the Leopold Wetland Management District, Wisconsin. M.S. Thesis, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 2017-08-31
Asper, S. 2017. Report: Grassland bird species abundance on grazed and non-grazed land at Buena Vista Wildlife Area, WI. M.S.(Agroecology), University of Wisconsin, Madison. 2017-08-31