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Boundary layer; ducks; micrometeorology; nest density; nest success; olfactory predators; Prairie Pothole Region; shelterbelts; visual predators; waterfowl

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Influence Of Shelterbelts On Success And Density Of Waterfowl Nests Within The Prairie Pothole Region Of North America, Jennifer S. Borgo, Michael R. Conover Aug 2015

Influence Of Shelterbelts On Success And Density Of Waterfowl Nests Within The Prairie Pothole Region Of North America, Jennifer S. Borgo, Michael R. Conover

Wildland Resources Faculty Publications

Shelterbelts are long rows of trees planted in the Great Plains of North America to reduce wind erosion of soil. Shelterbelts alter airflow, creating updrafts on the windward side (updraft zone), slow winds immediately on the leeward side (calm zone), and increased turbulence farther downwind of the shelterbelt (turbulent zone). They also provide hunting perches for avian predators and serve as corridors for mammalian predators. By determining the fate of 247 duck nests located in 27 Waterfowl Production Areas during 2006 and 2007, this study tested the hypothesis that duck nests located close to shelterbelts are more likely to be ...