Bird Nesting Effort in Wet Meadows at Baca National Wildlife Refuge

Metadata Updated: October 10, 2019

In the summers of 2013, 2015, and 2016, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service staff conducted research to determine nesting effort of avian species in the wet meadow habitat type at Baca National Wildlife Refuge (BNWR). Wet meadows under two main vegetative conditions were assessed: those areas that had been hayed the previous year and those that had been idle. The most dominant plant in the sampled areas was Baltic rush (Juncus balticus), and many native sedges and grasses were also present.

One of the purposes of BNWR is to manage for native species with an emphasis on migratory birds. Management of the wet meadows is a major activity on the refuge that is very labor intensive and requires a lot of resources. Prior to this study, BNWR managers had little information on native bird nesting efforts in the wet meadow habitat type on the refuge. In order to guide and potentially improve management efforts on the refuge, basic information regarding the impacts of various management techniques on nesting birds was needed. Managers have the following questions that this study addressed: 1) what are the levels of avian nest production in wet meadows at the refuge, 2) describe nesting species presence, density, and relative abundance in the wet meadows, and 3) are there differences in productivity between hayed and idle units? This research will help to guide future management decisions regarding water management strategies on the refuge, and also the timing, frequency, and intensity of various management treatments (e.g. haying, grazing, prescribed burning) in the wet meadow habitat type.

Summaries of nest surveys from 2013, 2015, and 2016 are included in the Appendix.

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Metadata Created Date April 30, 2019
Metadata Updated Date October 10, 2019

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