NEST ECOLOGY OF GRASSLAND PASSERINES ON ROAD RIGHTS-OF-WAY IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS (REVISED)
The ecology of nesting by grassland passerines was studied from 1976 to 1984 along rural interstate (four-lane) and secondary rights-of-way in central Illinois (N = 593 nests). Numbers of nests and species increased with roadside width. The probability of nest survival/day on managed (seeded and unmowed) rural secondary roadsides was 0-970. The amount of vehicular traffic along secondary roadsides did not influence nest densities. With the expansion of row-crop farming in the Midwestern United States, vegetation along road rights-of-way is critical for sustaining grassland birds that nest in edges and ecotones; roadsides should be carefully managed towards this end.
- Sponsored by Fish and Wildlife Service, Washington, DC.
Illinois Natural History Survey, Center for Wildlife EcologyNatural Resources Building, 615 East Peabody Drive
Champaign, IL United States 61820
- Warner, R E
- Publication Date: 1992
- Pagination: 8 p.
- TRT Terms: Birds; Ecosystems; Grasses; Landscape design; Roadside flora; Rural highways; Sets
- Uncontrolled Terms: Nesting
- Old TRIS Terms: Ecological effects; Vegetation selection
- Subject Areas: Environment; Highways; Planning and Forecasting; I21: Planning of Transport Infrastructure;
- Accession Number: 00721725
- Record Type: Publication
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Jun 3 1996 12:00AM