Presentation Title

Effects of Habitat Matrix on Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) Abundances in CRP Patches

Advisor Information

John McCarty

Location

UNO Criss Library, Room 249

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

4-3-2016 2:30 PM

End Date

5-3-2016 2:45 PM

Abstract

Many grassland bird species have experienced significant population declines and are the focus of conservation efforts. Recovery of these species is slowed, in part, due to nest parasitism by the Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater). Cowbirds are nest parasites that lay their eggs in the nests of other bird species and rely on the host species parents to raise their offspring. This in turn can reduce the reproductive success of hosts. This is the second year of a two year project focusing on how the habitat surrounding grasslands influences the abundance of cowbirds.

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Mar 4th, 2:30 PM Mar 5th, 2:45 PM

Effects of Habitat Matrix on Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater) Abundances in CRP Patches

UNO Criss Library, Room 249

Many grassland bird species have experienced significant population declines and are the focus of conservation efforts. Recovery of these species is slowed, in part, due to nest parasitism by the Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater). Cowbirds are nest parasites that lay their eggs in the nests of other bird species and rely on the host species parents to raise their offspring. This in turn can reduce the reproductive success of hosts. This is the second year of a two year project focusing on how the habitat surrounding grasslands influences the abundance of cowbirds.