Breeding Birds of Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge : 2015

Metadata Updated: October 10, 2019

As a result of the National Wildlife Refuge Improvement Act of 1997 and Part 602 (National Wildlife Refuge System Planning) of the Fish and Wildlife Service Manual, each National Wildlife Refuge was required to create a fifteen year management plan titled the Comprehensive Conservation Plan (CCP). The plan defines the role that Lacreek National Wildlife Refuge (LNWR) plays in support of the National Wildlife Refuge System and provides long-term guidance to management programs and activities (LNWR CCP 2006). One of the purposes of the CCP was to identify “priority wildlife species” that occupy the refuge and their specific habitats requirements. To provide the baseline bird data needed to direct the creation of the LNWR CCP, the USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center and the LNWR developed a survey to determine the breeding birds throughout the refuge in 2002 and 2003 (unpubl. report Finkbeiner and Johnson 2002, Allen and Johson 2003). Once this survey was completed, bird species presence was determined with in each ecotype on the refuge as well as abundance. Next we looked at several federal, state, and private “birds of concern lists.” These lists are created based on population status and habitat conditions for bird species in certain biological regions. Some birds, such as the long-billed curlew appear on as many as eight different lists. The species that appeared on many multiple lists and were confirmed nesters on the refuge were of the highest management concern and deemed “priority species” within the CCP (Table 1). From the USGS survey it was determined, that the refuge’s grasslands and wet meadows provide breeding habitat for many obligate grassland birds including species of biological concern such as bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus), grasshopper sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum), and upland sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda) (USFWS 2002). Once the Lacreek CCP priority species were identified, an extensive literature search was conducted to determine the specific habitat requirements for each priority species (Summary Table 2). Things like plant composition, patch size, litter depth, and distance from trees were used to create science-based CCP objectives for the grassland and wet meadow habitats found on the refuge.

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