Feedback dynamics of grazing lawns: coupling vegetation change with animal growth

@article{Person2003FeedbackDO,
  title={Feedback dynamics of grazing lawns: coupling vegetation change with animal growth},
  author={Brian T. Person and Mark P. Herzog and Roger W. Ruess and James S Sedinger and Richard M. Anthony and Christopher A. Babcock},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2003},
  volume={135},
  pages={583-592}
}
We studied the effects of grazing by Black Brant (Branta bernicla nigricans) geese (hereafter Brant) on plant community zonation and gosling growth between 1987 and 2000 at a nesting colony in southwestern Alaska. The preferred forage of Brant, Carex subspathacea, is only found as a grazing lawn. An alternate forage species, C. ramenskii, exists primarily as meadow but also forms grazing lawns when heavily grazed. We mowed plots of ungrazed C. ramenskii meadows to create swards that Brant… CONTINUE READING
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