The Effect of Grazing Regime on Grassland Bird Abundance in New York State


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Summary: This paper quantified and compared bird abundances on pastures that were subject to continuous grazing, minimal rotation, or Holistic Management. Grassland bird abundances were measured using 40-m radius point counts performed on 27 pastures, and assessed vegetation and environmental parameters to characterize the available habitat on each pasture. Holistic resource managed pastures had 1.5 and 4.5 times higher average abundances of obligate grassland birds than minimally rotated or continuously grazed pastures, respectively. Overall, results indicate that farms can employ strategies that promote grassland bird habitat and may therefore have a positive influence on grassland bird metapopulations in New York State.

Citation: Lisa R. Cassidy and Gary Kleppel “The Effect of Grazing Regime on Grassland Bird Abundance in New York State,” Northeastern Naturalist 24(sp8), 86-98, (1 September 2017).

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