Landscape Ecol (2017) 32:2351–2364 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10980-017-0574-z RESEARCH ARTICLE Landscape context drives breeding habitat selection by an enigmatic grassland songbird . . . . Mark R. Herse Michael E. Estey Pamela J. Moore Brett K. Sandercock W. Alice Boyle Received: 30 March 2017 / Accepted: 15 September 2017 / Published online: 5 October 2017 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2017 Abstract tracts of tallgrass prairie. We conducted 10,292 Purpose Wildlife conservation requires understand- breeding-season point-count surveys over 2 years, ing how landscape context inﬂuences habitat selection and related occurrence and within-season site-occu- at spatial scales broader than the territory or habitat pancy dynamics of sparrows to landscape attributes patch. within 400-, 800-, and 1600-m radii. Objectives We assessed how landscape composi- Results Sparrows inhabited \ 1% of sites, appear- tion, fragmentation, and disturbance affected occur- ing and disappearing locally within and between rence and within-season site-ﬁdelity of a declining breeding seasons. Early in spring, sparrows responded grassland songbird species (Henslow’s Sparrow, Am- to landscape attributes most strongly within 400-m modramus henslowii). radii, settling in areas containing [ 50% unburned Methods Our study area encompassed eastern Kan- prairie. Later in summer, sparrows responded to sas (USA) and North America’s largest remaining landscape attributes
Landscape Ecology – Springer Journals
Published: Oct 5, 2017
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