The effects of management practices on grassland birds

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With support from the U.S. Prairie Pothole Joint Venture (PPJV), the U.S. Forest Service, and The Nature Conservancy, Northern Prairie is synthesizing literature on the effects of management practices on grassland bird species. The need for these syntheses was identified by the PPJV, a part of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, in support of its objective to stabilize or increase populations of declining grassland‑ and wetland‑associated wildlife species in the Prairie Pothole Region. More than 6,000 published and unpublished articles in the literature have been incorporated, and syntheses are near completion for 40 North American grassland bird species.  Each species account includes information on species range, suitable habitat, area requirements, breeding season phenology, species’ response to management, and management recommendations. The final product will provide land managers with a summary of information on the effects of specific management practices on grassland birds, and identify for researchers the most critical research gaps in our understanding of grassland bird ecology, habitat needs, and responses to management practices.