Habitat edge, land management, and rates of brood parasitism in tallgrass prairie.

  title={Habitat edge, land management, and rates of brood parasitism in tallgrass prairie.},
  author={Michael A. Patten and Eyal Shochat and Dan L. Reinking and Donald H. Wolfe and Steve K. Sherrod},
  journal={Ecological applications : a publication of the Ecological Society of America},
  volume={16 2},
Bird populations in North America's grasslands have declined sharply in recent decades. These declines are traceable, in large part, to habitat loss, but management of tallgrass prairie also has an impact. An indirect source of decline potentially associated with management is brood parasitism by the Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater), which has had substantial negative impacts on many passerine hosts. Using a novel application of regression trees, we analyzed an extensive five-year set of… CONTINUE READING


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